equilibrio festival 2018

Ballet Nice Méditerranée

Maurice Béjart Cantate 51
Roland Petit L’Arlésienne

Thu 15 Feb 2018 | 21:00 | Petrassi hall

The Ballet Nice Méditerranée, directed by Eric Vu-An,  presents a program full of meaning, focused on the immortal pieces of the greatest French choreographers of the 20th Century, Maurice Béjart and Roland Petit: Cantate 51 by Bach and L’Arlésienne.
Cantate 51 by Maurice Béjart on the scores of Johann Sebastian Bach, "...shows the topic of the Annunciation. The angel appears to Mary and predicts the birth of a child, the divine incarnation that excites the universe transfigured like this music that overcomes the human” (Maurice Béjart). 
L’Arlésienne, based on a novel by Alphonse Daudet and a real event (the suicide of Frédéric Mistral’s nephew), has to honour Jan Cocteau text that inspired Roland Petit in making his best masterpiece ever – Le Jeune homme et la mort – where, again, a young artist commits suicide because he was refused by his love. What really impresses from the first seconds of the ballet is the gravity that impregnates it: the dancers, totally dressed in white and black, perform a group choreography that is marked, clear, almost Martian-like. Roland Petit clarifies the tone of the entire piece, as follows: “It is a heartbroken love drama and not a regionalist portrait studded by powerful dances.”

Cantate 51
choreography by
Maurice Béjart rimontata da Éric Vu-An
music by 
Johann Sebastian Bach

Premiere: 24th December 1969, Ballet du XXe siècle, Bruxelles. The Cantata 51 performance will take place in agreement with the Fondazione Maurice Béjart and it has been produced in compliance with the laws set by the Fondazione.

choreography by
Roland Petit 
choreography supervision
Luigi Bonino

Georges Bizet
libretto by 
Roland Petit based on the text by Alphonse Daudet
Christine Laurent
lights and technical supervision
Jean-Michel Désiré
Thu 15 Feb 2018 | 21:00 | Petrassi hall
tickets at € 30.00
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