NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER 2
|CHOREOGRAPHY, STAGE, COSTUMES||ALEXANDER EKMAN|
|MUSIC||JOSEPH HAYDN: SONATE NO V “SITIO” AUS DIE SIEBEN LETZTEN WORTE UNSERES ERLÖSERS AM KREUZE, HOBOKEN XX, 1B; LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: STRINGQUARTET NO. 9 IN C, OPUS 59, SECTION FROM: ANDANTE CON MOTO QUASI ALLEGRETTO; FRANZ SCHUBERT: PRESTO FROM STRINGQUARTET DER TOD UND DAS MÄDCHEN, ARRANGED FOR ORCHESTRA BY ANDY STEIN AND FOR STRINGQUARTET BY GUSTAV MAHLER; ALLEGRO BY JOSEPH HAYDN FROM STRINGQUARTETS OPUS 9, NO 6 IN A MAJOR|
|WORLD PREMIERE||25 FEBRUARY 2010, LUCENT DANSTHEATER, DEN HAAG|
|LENGHT OF PERFORMANCE||27 MIN|
|ON STAGE||16 DANCERS|
“Dancers and musicians join together to create a symphony with body slaps, claps, breaths and strings in an original created score.
I was approached by Gerald Tibbs about a year ago.
He asked me If I would like to create another piece for Nederlands Dans Theater II.
This time it would be to create a piece accompanied by the Holland Symphony Orchestra.
My first orchestra piece! What should I do? What music should they play?
How will my work be affected by only using classical music? So many questions!
I realized early on that I wanted to use a string quartet on stage together with the dancers.
I wanted to create a game between dancers and musicians, a game which would become a composition.
We picked out fragments from Schuberts Presto which became the core of the composition.
The musicians would give the dancers a fragment
and then the dancers would answer with either a movement or a sound.
I remember the first day the musicians entered the studio and we began to put together fragments and movements.
I remember thinking... I have the best job in the world!
4 musicians and 16 dancers in front of me ready to work and create something with me.
3 months later we are now on stage ready to share the fruits of our labour.
I want to thank musicians and dancers and everyone involved for their help and ideas through the process.
Hope you will enjoy this quirky piece”.