No More Play | KYLIAN

"The basic idea for this choreography is inspired by a small sculpture of Alberto Giacometti: a simple, slightly deformed board-game with little craters and ditches and two pieces of wood resembling human figures.
One might feel like having been invited to a game, the rules of which are being kept secret, or have never been determined. But as you begin to play this mysterious game, you start to learn its laws - only sometimes too late.
Anton Weberns music has a fascinating feeling of essentiality and inevitability. Its sound and structure create captivating transparency and dynamic tension.
These qualities assembled by Weberns uncompromising genius become a source of energy which has a direct influence on anything that might be simultaneously happening on stage.
The seriousness of much of what we set out to undertake, often results in no more than a grotesque grimace, but it should be accepted as such, and become a valid part of our being. So this choreographic play of bodies, mind, sound and light in time and space is merely a metaphor of a game with extremely severe rules, which someone wrote in a long forgotten language".

Jiri Kylian

"No More Play" | KYLIAN
Choreography: Jiri Kylian
Music: Anton Webern, Five pieces for string quartet, opus 5
Scenography and costumes: Jíri Kylián
Lighting: Joop Caboort

Premiere by the Nederlands Dans Theater, on November 24th 1988, AT&T Danstheater, Den Haag
Premiere by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, on April 24th 2002, Grimaldi Forum Monaco