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3 November
2017 | Friday
"Forgotten Land" (ballet in 1 act) in triple bill with ballets "The Cage" and "Etudes"
Artists Credits
Ballet company
Music by Karl Czerny
John Macfarlane, Set Designer
Premiere of this production: 02 Nov 2017


Ballet in one act

Choreography by Harald Lander 

Sceneries, costumes and lighting by Harald Lander 

Ballet Masters: Lise Lander, Johnny Eliasen 

Music Director: Igor Dronov 

 Premiere: March 19, 2017. 

Ballet metaphor

“Études means so much to me, because this ballet is a metaphor for myself and for my thoughts on dance. Dance is not just delivering some steps to the audience. The purpose of ballet is, increasingly, to combine spirit, dance and music!” 

Harald Lander 

Etudes is a tribute to dancing. The ballet follows the dancers from the basic five positions to the most difficult steps, from the hard work in the rehearsal room to the most brilliant and elegant stage performance, showing the different sides of the art of ballet, from sheer bravoure to pure poetic expression. 

The ballet, built up like crescendo, ending with a breathtaking finale, combines spirit and style. A challenge for a whole company. 

Etudes was created by Harald Lander in Copenhagen for the Royal Danish Ballet, and was premiered on the 18th of January 1948. It is one of the most famous Danish ballets in the international repertory. 

Harald Lander has recreated the ballet in 1952 for the Paris Opera Ballet, and this is the version showed all over the world. 

Among the numerous companies who have presented the ballet are: English National Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Netherlands National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, State Ballets of Vienna, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich, Tokyo National Ballet, Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, National Ballet of Hungary, Canadian National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Ballet West in Utah, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Municipal de Santiago de Chile, La Scala in Milano, Australian Ballet, China National Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg. 

Etudes has been filmed for TV several times. For the first time it was broadcasted internationally in 1956, performed by London Festival Ballet at the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer. A special TV production directed by Harald Lander in 1969 was made by Danish TV with the Royal Danish Ballet, starring Toni Lander, Erik Bruhn, Flemming Flindt and Henning Kronstam.

Forgotten Land
Ballet in one act
To music of Sinfonia da requiem by Benjamin Britten
Choreography: Jiří Kylián 
Set and Costume Design: John F. Macfarlane 
Lighting Design: Kees Tjebbes
Premiere: November 2, 2017
The Cage
Ballet in one act
to music by Igor Stravinsky
Choreography by Jerome Robbins © The Robbins Rights Trust 
Costume Designer: Ruth Sobotka 
Sets by Jean Rosenthal 
Music Director: Igor Dronov 
Lighting Designer: Jennifer Tipton 
Ballet Masters: Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Glenn Keenan 
Sets and Lighting Technical Coordination: Perry Silvey 
Costume Production Designer:Holly Hynes
Рremiere: March 19, 2017. 
Running time: 14 minutes.
Creation History
Stravinsky composed his Concerto in D for String Orchestra in 1946, as a commission for the 20th anniversary of the Basler Orchestra; it was his first work for string orchestra since Apollon Musagète. The vivid, haunting composition features a shift between D major and minor throughout the work and a rich quality for the writing of the strings. Jerome Robbins used Stravinksy’s concerto for one of his early works, The Cage, which imagines a community of female creatures. In describing the ballet, Robbins said, “I did not have to confine myself to human beings moving in a way that we know is human. In the way their fingers worked, in the crouch of a body or the thrust of an arm, I could let myself see what I wanted to imagine.”

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New Stage Bol'shaya Dmitrovka Street, 4/2, Moscow, Russia
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