March 2012

Six Dances

Work of Jiří Kylián is well known all over the world and his choreographies are considered timeless for their ability to communicated through the beauty of motion. Six Dances bring humour and situational comedy which are so rarely seen in the dance world. The author is not afraid to ironize both men and women and look through the mirror of their darker side.

"Two centuries separate us from the time, Mozart wrote his German Dances. A historical period shaped considerably by wars, revolutions, and all sorts of social upheavals.

With this in mind I found it impossible to simply create different dance numbers reflecting merely the humor and musical brilliance of the composer. Instead, I have set six seemingly non-sensical acts, which obviously ignore their surroundings. They are dwarfed in face of the ever present troubled world, which most of us for some unspecified reason carry in our souls.

Although the entertaining quality of Mozart’s Sechs Tänze enjoys great general popularity, it shouldn't only be regarded as a  burlesqué. Its humor ought to serve as a vehicle to point towards our relative values. Mozart's ability to react upon difficult circumstances with a self-preserving outburst of nonsensical poetry is well known. A fragment of a letter to his cousin is the finest example of this."

Jiří Kylián

The piece Six Dances is a part of the production CZECH IN.
Other choreographies of the evening include:
Jiří Kylián: Falling Angels 
Libor Vaculík: Slavonic Duets
Special guest: Petr Zuska, National Theatre Prague: Lyrical


Jiří Kylián


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(Sechs Deutsche Tänze, KV 571)

Stage and Costume

Jiří Kylián

Lighting Design

Joop Caboort


Roslyn Anderson

Technical adaptation

Kees Tjebbes

World Premiere

24. October 1986, Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam

Nederlands Dans Theater I 

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