Staatsballett Berlin

Celis | Eyal

Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me | Half Life
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Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me

Dance Performance by Stijn Celis
Music by Pierre Boulez, Nick Cave, Gonzalo Rubai Caba and Krysztof Penderecki

Stijn Celis is one of the leading contemporary choreographers whose works have been enhancing ballet schedules throughout Europe. "Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me" was created in 2009 for the Gothenburg Ballet. With this dance performance Stijn Celis and seven dancers trace the mood evoked by the songs of Nick Cave. His profound texts revolve around the perception of comfort and new confidence when painful memories or traumatic experiences have to be overcome. The intense analysis of Nick Cave’s texts is mirrored in the selection of other compositions by Pierre Boulez, Gonzalo Rubai Caba and Krysztof Penderecki and forms the horizon in front of which the personal experience of the dancers condenses into an emotional dance event.

Half Life

Choreography by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar
Music by Leo Lerus, Omer Haviv, Noga Shalev and Alon Aldiri

Sharon Eyal is an Israeli choreographer and a figure in the contemporary dance scene. Her way of asking choreographically piercing questions and setting in motion uncomfortable situations forces her performers and audience to abandon usual patterns of thoughts and personal habits. Clearly influenced by the legendary Batsheva Dance Company, her creations challenge the performers, who are provoked physically and mentally to achieve individual expression. Together with Gai Behar she heads the L-E-V Dance Company based in Tel Aviv. Both developed “Half life” 2017 for the Royal Swedish Ballet Stockholm. The piece’s attraction derives in part from the music that was created under the direction of Ori Lichtik hand-in-hand with the choreographic process.