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Jiri Kylian & Nederlands Dans Theater - Svadebka, Symphony Of Psalms, Torso

Stravinsky / Nederlands Dans Theater
Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 102115  
Composer:  Igor StravinskyToru Takemitsu
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Joke Zijlstra, dancer
Gerald Tibbs, dancer
Ji?í Kylain, choreographer
John MacFarlane, set and costume design
Music: Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces
Recorded in 1984.


Netherlands Dance Theatre
Ji?í Kylain, choreographer
Music: Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Recorded in 1983.

TORSO (1975)

Sabine Kupferberg, dancer
Leigh Warren, dancer
Ji?í Kylain, choreographer
Walter Nobbe, set and costume design
Music by Toru Takemitsu
Recorded in 1983.
Read more /> Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu language: English
Running time: 68 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)

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STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms. Svadebka. TAKEMITSU Torso Ji?í Kylián (choreographer); Netherlands Dance Theater ARTHAUS.102 115 (DVD: 68:00)

Three videos made in 1983 and 1984 ( Svadebka ) document some of Ji?í Kylián’s earlier work for Netherlands Dance Theater, showing his penchant for music that one would consider intractable as the basis for choreography. Svadebka (aka Les Noces ) has often been tackled, but the only two versions I have seen that truly come to grips with Stravinsky are the original Nijinska and also Jerome Robbins in a more Broadway style. Kylián borrows extensively from modern dance, which is then grafted on to a classic base, but such sections as the Bride’s opening solo rely heavily on Martha Graham, while the constant repetition of certain head movements to indicate the accentuation in the score may indicate the choreographer’s musical awareness; as others have pointed out, however, such movement ultimately becomes counterproductive. The energy levels and communicativeness of the dancers remain on a high level so that one is exhausted at the conclusion of the work.

Symphony of Psalms is another work that does not immediately strike one as the basis for dance, but that never stopped the choreographer. The eight couples are seen in various configurations but always very sober in movement. The lighting and the dark costumes of the men make it difficult to distinguish what is happening choreographically.

Torso is a pas de deux for Sabine Kupferberg (Kylián’s companion) and Leigh Warren, which could be considered a modern inversion of Spectre de la Rose except that the squeaky-squealy music of Toru Takemitsu is nowhere near as immediately appealing nor is the omnipresent yearning. Nonetheless, as a reminder of the choreographer’s early appeal, the DVD more than serves its purpose.

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Works on This Recording

Les noces: Excerpt(s) by Igor Stravinsky
Symphony of Psalms: Excerpt(s) by Igor Stravinsky
Torso by Toru Takemitsu
Period: 20th Century 

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