The 14th International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN
It's not by chance that the Dutch National Ballet comes near the top of most lists of the world's great ballet companies. This the St. Petersburg audience were able to confirm with their own eyes during last year's DANCE OPEN at an evening of miniatures by Hans van Manen. Critics noted the «sharply honed plotting of lines, as if penetrating the very essence of the music», the «blue ice of inconceivable beauty», «the word "eternity" spelled out with dancers»…
And now Dutch National Ballet is coming to Russia again, this time to open the DANCE OPEN festival program. The choreographic collage «Back to Bach» is an exclusive touring version of a recent premiere from the company, specially redeveloped for this visit to St. Petersburg. While the original version consists of four compositions, offering different variations on themes from Bach's music, this new version on the stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre will comprise five miniatures that «flow» from Bach associatively and in their own way conceptualize his musical philosophy.
Five sketches, created by very different contemporary choreographers to music by very different composers - it's a meditation on the theme of returning to the source, of the way in which, in difficult situations, high art helps us to find a common denominator of humanity and goodness. Here it seems is the essence of the inexplicable magic of this astonishing Dutch company - by presenting differences and contradictions, they can paradoxically inspire harmony in the soul of the audience.
It has been already a tradition: every spring St. Petersburg and guests of the city are in anticipation of one of the most significant and spectacular events of the international ballet calendar – the DANCE OPEN Festival. This year it will take place on 21 – 27 April, 2015.