Sechs Tänze

JIRI KYLIAN

"Two centuries separate uns from the time when Mozart wrote his German Dances. A historical period shapped considerably by wars, revolutions, and all sorts of social upheavals. With this in mind, I found it impossible to simply create different dance numbers reflecting merely the humor and musical brilliance of the composer. Instead, I have set sic seemingly non-sensical acts, which obviously ignore their surroundings. They are dwarfed in face of the ever present troubled world, which most of us for some unspecified reason carry in our souls. Although the entertaining quality of Mozart' s "Sechs Tänze" enjoys great general popularity, it shouldn't only be regarded as burlesque. Its humor ought to serve as a vehicle to point towards our relative values. Mozart's ability to react upon difficult circumstances with a selfpreserving outburst of nonsensical poetry is well known. A fragment of a letter to his cousin is the finest example of this".

Jiri Kylian


Choreography: Jiri Kylian
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Scenography and costumes: Jíri Kylián
Lighting: Joop Caboort
Duration: 15 min

Premiere by the NDT, on October 24th 1986, Het Muziektheater Amsterdam
Premiere by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, on April 22nd 2000, Salle Garnier Opéra de Monte-Carlo