This article was originally published in magazine UnitedLife 10
A production by a well-known choreographer Boris Eifman will be the most outstanding event. Esmeralda, the classical ballet, will be staged in recognition of the 200th anniversary of a choreographer genius, Marius Petipa. Daphnis and Chloé is a contemporary choreographic and generational statement by Reona Sato, a long-standing member of the SND Ballet artistic body. This is her first performance in the role of a choreographer.
Young choreographer brings the story of Daphnis and Chloé to the present. Daphnis and Chloé are contemporary characters with all the conveniences and alienations of our times. Their relationship goes through the changes of childhood games and innocence to disillusionments of adulthood. Reona Sato is a choreographer with inventive and rich vocabulary, musicality and imagination with a great lyrical sense. Daphnis and Chloé is bound to be an experience not to be missed.
“Reona Sato’s movement vocabulary cannot be described by words. It is astonishing, rich and of its own kind, as it comes from Reona herself. That is how I would call it – reonism.” Juraj Žilinčár, SND Ballet, soloist
“Working with Reona Sato is amazing. Everyone enjoys the creative process. Reona is very meticulous and always perfectly prepared – and every dancer appreciates that. Her dance vocabulary suits me, it fits my body. I am very happy for this opportunity to dance such a beautiful role and return to childhood through it.” Valéria Stašková, SND Ballet, corps de ballet
“Daphnis and Chloé is an emotional statement and a poetic image. Choreography is very rich and pleasantly demanding. I do value the opportunity to work on this title and the character of Daphnis comes as a great honor.” Jean-Michel Reuter, SND Ballet, corps de ballet.
Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé, choreographed by Reona Sato, premieres 21st and 23rd of September 2017 in the Historical SND Building, together with Ravel’s one-act opera The Spanish Hour, starring Juraj Žilinčár, Valéria Stašková, Jean-Michel Reuter and Sumire Shojima. The premiere of Daphnis and Chloé, choreographed by Reona Sato, is held in collaboration with the Academy of Performing Arts Department of Dance, as part of a joint opera and ballet night, together with the opera The Spanish Hour, directed by Pavol Smolík.
Choreographer Boris Eifman and his Eifman Ballet are well known all over the world. His performances Rodin, Up & Down, and recently Anna Karenina at the Eurokontext.sk Festival were very successful with our audiences. Beyond Sin will be historically the first title of the renowned choreographer staged in Slovakia. Beyond Sin is a psychological ballet; it is a successful dance counterpart to Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov. As well as the novel, the ballet explores the eternal struggle between God and the devil, and the passions that are destroying us. “If there is no God, then everything is lawful.” The author paraphrases through contemporary perspective: “God does exist, and yet, everything is lawful.”
If you love classic, you are certainly familiar with the ballet Le Corsaire, and you remember Eugene Onegin. Both titles – successful with the audiences – are connected by one name: Vasily Medvedev. As they say, good things come in threes – and that is why classical Esmeralda will now be staged by Medvedev. La Esmeralda premiered in London in 1844, choreographed by Jules Perrot, with Carlotta Grisi as Esmeralda. This ballet became famous only after it was staged by Marius Petipa, the father of academic dance and of most of the classical ballet repertoire, in 1886.
Next season, the whole ballet world will be celebrating 200th anniversary of Petipa’s birth. SND Ballet is putting on Esmeralda to pay homage to this legend. Naturally, choreography of this monumental piece will draw from Petipa’s interpretation. Allow yourself to be captivated by the story of a beautiful Gipsy, brought to the world by the French romantic author Victor Hugo. Paris’ high society was shaken by his novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831), but masses felt in love with it immediately. It is one of the prominent literary works to this day and was turned into films, even animated films, multiple times. Do not miss the classical ballet version!