The premiere of the ballet performance 4 Worlds. 4 Elements
The premiere of the ballet performance 4 Worlds. 4 Elements will take place at the Latvian National Opera on October 13.
The Latvian National Ballet Company will take you along to a variety of worlds rich in emotions, colours, elements, and beauty. Four one-act ballets light up the universe of dance, combining worldwide popular classics like Pugni’s Pas de quatre (choreography by Jules Perro, staged by Inese Dumpe), and Saint-Saëns’ and Pugni’s Maria’s Dream (choreography by Petr Zuska), with ballets to the music of the Latvian composers like Maskats’ Tango (choreography by Krzysztof Pastor), and Vasks’ Erda (choreography by Youri Vámos). Erda was premiered at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2005, and this production of the piece will be the Latvian premiere. The cast of the new production includes all of Latvian National Ballet dancers.
“The first of the four worlds – Krzysztof Pastor’s passionate Tango – has already gained audiences’ undivided love, although this one-act work has been performed only a few times. The modern and mirthful Maria’s Dream has also received resounding ovations. This ballet’s achievements encouraged us to continue our searches and look further into the past. Indeed, the creator of Maria’s Dream – choreographer Petr Zuska – drew inspiration from the fantastic and classic Pas de Quatre, which was originally created for the four most prominent ballerinas of its time in the 19th century. For the first time, we will present both one-act ballets consecutively – in this way once again traversing the long path that dance has travelled, from bygone days to today. In the evening’s second part, we will reveal new territory, presenting the epic Erda with the emotionally evocative music of Pēteris Vasks for the first time in Latvia. The Hungarian choreographer Youri Vamos has created an especially intricate choreography for Vasks’s Second Symphony. Saturated with movement, it is an emotionally and physically powerful work,” says Aivars Leimanis, the Artistic Director of the Latvian National Ballet.
Following performances of 4 Worlds. 4 Elements will take place on October 14 and 28.