Tanzperspektiven (Dance Perspectives)

Tanzperspektiven is a current contemporary ballet production at the Vienna Opera where they show four half-hour pieces choreographed by four different people.

A Million Kisses to my Skin (music by Johann Sebastian Bach, choreography by David Dawson)
Dancers: Olga Esina, Vladimir Shishov, Nina Poláková, Denys Cherevychko, Liudmila Konovalova, Davide Dato, Maria Yakovleva, Natalie Kusch, Kiyoka Hashimoto

Eventide (music by Jan Garbarek, Philip Glass, choreography by Helen Pickett)
Dancers: Rafaella Sant’Anna, Ketevan Papava, Nina Poláková, Irina Tsymbal, Robert Gabdullin, Roman Lazik, András Lukács, Eno Peci

Vers un Pays Sage (music by John Adams, choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot)
Dancers: Olga Esina, Irina Tsymbal, Ketevan Papava, Roman Lazik,Denys Cherevychko, Andrey Kaydanovskiy

Windspiele (music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, choreography by Patrick de Bana)
Dancers: Masayu Kimoto, Erika Kovácová, Rafaella Sant’Anna, Zsolt Török, Attila Bakó, Marian Furnica, Tristan Ridel, Géraud Wielick

I got a free ticket for this show which was pretty cool. (Free tickets usually are, especially if it’s for stuff I actually like, like dancing.) Unfortunately, it was for a seat with limited view and I saw only half the stage (at best). But the half of the show I saw was really amazing.

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A Million Kisses to My Skin was a beautiful start to the whole thing, and to my eye (which is not very trained) it was the most classical of the four choreographies. The music was really nice (especially for Bach – I’m not a huge fan). But towards the end it did go on a little too long.

Eventide was absolutely perfect. I loved the music and the costumes, but most of all the choreography. It was an enchanting half hour and I really hated that I didn’t get to see the entire stage (it felt like most of the dancing happened in the half I didn’t see, but that’s probably not true). This is was dancing should be like.

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In Vers un Pays Sage, I had problems with John Adams’ music. I thought it was a little grating and it somehow reminded me of trains, and the choreography didn’t really seem to go with it. I dunno. I was just glad when it was done.

Windspiele featured music by Tchaikovsky, which I thought would be a certain bet that I would like it. But I didn’t much connect with the music there either. Though re-listening to it now, I assume that that was because I was just very tired already and maybe watching 2 hours of dancing after work and uni was a bit much. Anyway, I did enjoy it. But it just couldn’t compete with Eventide.

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Summarising: I think they’re showing it again tonight. So if you have the chance, you should go and see it.

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