Bella Figura Jiri Kylian Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
©Alice Blangero
Bella Figura Jiri Kylian Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Alessandra Tognolini ©AB
Bella Figura Jiri Kylian Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Anna Blackwell & Lucas Threefoot ©AB
©Alice Blangero
Alessandra Tognolini ©AB
Anna Blackwell & Lucas Threefoot ©AB

Bella Figura | KYLIAN

"A journey in time- light and space, addressing the ambiguity of aesthetics - performances and dreams.
Finding beauty in a grimace - in a knot of the mind - or in a physical contortion.
It is like trying to perform a balancing act on the string of your umbilical cord.
When does the performing act start ?
When we are born or when the curtain rises ?
Does it all end when we walk off the stage - or is there no end to the performance ?
What is a masquerade ? - The clothes we wear in the street or the stage costume ?
Between so-called art and artificiality - between the reality of life or fantasy - this twilight zone creates a tension which is of interest to me.
It os like standing on the edge of a dream. Standing in darkness and qtaring into a sharp light with closed eyes- doubling every bit of our so-called reality.
The moment in which dream intrudes into our lives and life into our dreams - this is the point of my curiosity.
Simply - a feeling of falling down in a dream and waking up with a broken rib".

Jiri Kylian

"Bella Figura" | KYLIAN
Choreography: Jiri Kylian
Choregrapher Assistants: Hans Knill
Music: Lukas Foss, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Alessandro Marcello, Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Torelli
Scenography and lighting: Jíri Kylián
Costumes: Joke Visser
Technical realisation: Kees Tjebbes
Duration: 30 min

World Premiere by the Nederland Dans Theater, on October 12nd 1995, AT&T Theater Den Haag
Premiere by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, on December 20th 2002, Grimaldi Forum Monaco
Re-staged by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, in April 2016, Grimaldi Forum Monaco