Plastic mind-teasers of Semperoper Dresden Ballet
Dance Open Anniversary Season will have on agenda 3 one-act ballets of Dresden SemperOper Ballett, all different in their style and choreography language. Nevertheless, there is one common feature between them: an attempt to reveal the meaning of dance in our lives.
“Tanzsuite” by Alexei Ratmaninsky opens the program tonight. The New York Times names this choreographer the most promising Russian-born choreographer since Balanchine. “Tanzesuite” is an exercise in the neo-baroque style with the music of Richard Strauss. One can witness a dialogue from different times on stage: just as Richard Strauss in 1923 adapted François Couperin’s Dance Suite, the choreography of Alexey Ratmansky is somehow reminiscent of such ancient dances, as saraband, courante and others. His artistic language, based on the classics, is also modern and not deprived of humour. While changing the shape it preserves the single entity and eventually adds up in a complete puzzle, made with such a skill that it seems to be a wonderful natural monolith deprived of any seams.
The second act is “Im anderen Raum” by Pontus Lidberg. He is Swedish dancer, director and choreographer, to whom the art lovers all over the world applaud. Tonight we have seen his performance on the music of Max Richter and poems of Irianian poet of 13th century Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī.
The third ballet performed today by brilliant Dresden SemperOper Ballett is “Cacti” in Alexander Ekman choreography. All his works are known for fast paced timing, witty humor and deep meaning. He aims to find the subjects that we can all relate to. The same thing is with “Cacti”: this is giggling and hilarious parody on the contemporary choreography. The dancers move around the stage thorny plants and their thorns represent the remarks of critics. And yet… It might be that cacti are a metaphor of our thorny side?