Silent Cries | KYLIAN

« Many people have to undergo difficult trials in their attempts to discover and accept themselves in accordance with the nature of their beings. Finding a reason for our existence, and finding a suitable surrounding in which this process should take place, leads us often along lonely, deserted paths.

Silent Cries is an elementary choreographic study of an introspective nature. It portrays in a stylized and dissected manner this process of self-recognition and acceptance. The music, only ten minutes long, was written in two years of great inspiration and struggle. It became a very rare merging of an immaculate knowledge of a craftsman, and an unreachable dream of a poet. Its beauty is the driving force, which will always make us stretch our arms and run towards it, in a hopeless and eternal trance. It takes the listener from one dreamscape to another, without ever letting him become part of it.
L'Après-midi d'un faune is in my eyes too celestial a creation to be personified by human beings. Our physical realization merely reacts on it and gives a comment of a personal character.

I have created this work in close collaboration with my wife - Sabine - who has shared good and difficult times with me for over twenty years. It is choreographed in her honour, celebrating her beauty, her imperfection and doubts ». Jirí Kylián

"Silent Cries" | KYLIAN
Choreography: Jiri Kylian
Music: Claude Debussy
Scenography and costume: Jiri Kylian
Lighting: Kees Tjebbes
Duration: 13 min

World premiere on April 17th 1986, Circustheater Scheveningen
Premiere by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo on December 31st 2009, Grimaldi Forum Monaco