Sinfonietta Jiri Kylian Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Paola Cantaluppo & Ramon Reis ©MLB
Sinfonietta Jiri Kylian Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
©Marie-Laure Briane
©Marie-Laure Briane
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Paola Cantaluppo & Ramon Reis ©MLB
©Marie-Laure Briane
©Marie-Laure Briane

Sinfonietta

JIRI KYLIAN

"Dedicated to my grandmother Tepánka Petová"

"Sinfonietta is perhaps my most spontaneous work - not by aim, but because of the extremely limited time and conditions in which it was created. The company was floating and had no definite plans for the future. There was unrest among the dancers. During this time I received a telephone call from Joseph Wishy, then the director of the Charleston Festival, who had asked me whether I had ever heard of the composer named Janácek? I answered, that I always wanted to, but never had the guts to use his work, as the task seemed so filled with responsibility towards this music, which every visitor of our house was forced to listen to. My bones and reins were soaked in it. I was advised not to accept the offer to choreograph this work for the Charleston Festival, as the production time which was at our disposal, would be severely limited. Tickled by a sense of adventure and feeling that the time was right - I said yes. Walter Nobbe, the designer of this piece, held my hand when I took the decision to demonstrate his support. Sold to the devil - now we had to make it. Rehearsing whilst on tour in Israel, asking de dancers to work overtime and myself making impossible hours, we made it. And the result certainly reflects the spontaneity in which it was created, conditioned by the lack of time and the feeling of a balancing act. Nevertheless, the result was quite remarkable. The audience which was present at the premiere in Charleston had never heard of the music, because they already stood on top of their chairs cheering and throwing the programme books into the air. This was the moment that tore the company out of depression and this work where simplicity is one of the major characteristics, became a cornerstone of the repertoire of Nederlands Dans Theater, opening new possibilities for the company's future". J. Kylian


Choreography: Jiri Kylian
Re-staged by: Roslyn Anderson
Music: Leos Janacek, Sinfonietta
Scenography and Costumes: Walter Nobbe
Lighting: Kees Tjebbes
Duration : 24 min

World premiere by the Nederlands Dans Theater, on June 9th  1978, Spoleto Festival in Charleston, USA
Premiere by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo on January 3rd 2006, Grimaldi Forum Monaco