Companhia Nacional de Bailado

Dançar em tempo de guerra

Companhia Nacional de Bailado

© Hugo David ⁄ CNB

Re:Stage

May

2819.00hFri
2919.00hSat

RIVOLIGrand Auditorium

Dance
Portugal/United States of America/Germany
Price 9€
Duration 1.25h 
Age >6
Dançar em tempo de guerra [Dancing During Wartime] brings together two seminal pieces from two seminal choreographers from the 20 th century: Martha Graham and Kurt Jooss. Chronicle and The Green Table, both created in the 1930s mirror the concerns of their authors on the idea of war. While Jooss works based on the consequences of World War I, Graham describes the tragic social and human implications that are a reflection of the circumstances of the time. The Green Table was last performed by the National Ballet of Portugal in 1987, and it now returns to the stage together with Chronicle, by Martha Graham, a choreographer who was added to the company’s repertoire with this piece in March 2020.

MARTA GRAHAM (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
CHRONICLE

Chronicle premiere in December 1936. It does not realistically depict events, but rather discloses what American choreographer Martha Graham thought about the universal nature of war tragedy. It was originally divided into five sections, but the Martha Graham Dance Company has restaged it, and it is now presented in a three-section version: Spectre – 1914, Steps in the Street and Prelude to Action. This was the first work by Martha Graham added to its repertoire by the National Ballet of Portugal in March 2020.

KURT JOOSS (GERMANY)
A MESA VERDE

German choreographer Kurt Jooss premiered The Green Table at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, in Paris, in July 1932. Drawing inspiration from a medieval death dance and the aftermath of World War I, this piece portrays several sides to war where death is always present. Seen as one of the most memorable choreographic works of the 20th century, The Green Table is also Jooss’s most iconic work, having won the choreography contest organised by the International Dance Archives in Paris. This piece was added to the repertoire of the National Ballet of Portugal in 1984, and it was last performed by the company 33 years ago.


The COMPANHIA NACIONAL DE BAILADO was established at the initiative of the Portuguese Government in 1977. Over the course of four decades, it has presented international seminal pieces, both the inevitable classics and choreographies by Balanchine, De Keersmaeker, Forsythe, Jooss, Kylián, Limón, Van Manen or Spöerli. Concurrently it has commissioned a series of pieces generating an identity of its own, with a strong emphasis on Portuguese authors such as Armando Jorge, Fernando Duarte, Olga Roriz, Rui Lopes Graça or Vasco Wellenkamp. Sofia Campos is the company’s current artistic director.

MARTHA GRAHAM had a deep and lasting impact on American art and culture. Crossing artistic boundaries, she collaborated with and commissioned works from the most important visual artists, musicians and designers of the time, including sculptor Isamu Noguchi and composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti. Graham’s innovative style was based on her experiences with the elementary contraction and release movements. Focussing on the basic movements of the human form, she realised the body was able to send out raw, electric emotions. The clear, angled and direct movements of her technique distanced her from the dominant style of the time. Graham influenced generations of choreographers, including Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp. Classical dancers such as Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov sought to diversify and broaden their artistic experiences by working with Martha Graham. Throughout her long career, Graham created 181 pieces.

KURT JOOSS was born in 1901, in Wasseralfingen (Germany). When he was studying singing, theatre and piano at the Stuttgart Conservatory in 1920, he met Rudolf von Laban, of whom he was a student, dancer and later assistant. Jooss was appointed movement director at the Münster Municipal Theatre (Germany), where he put together his first company — Die Neue Tanzbühne. In 1927, Jooss moved to the city of Essen and cofounded the Folkwangschule, a performing arts academy. He won the International Choreography Contest in Paris, in 1932, with the piece The Green Table. In 1933, Jooss was forced to leave Germany for political reasons, and in 1934 he founded the Jooss–Leeder School of Dance in England. He worked as a director, choreographer and teacher until his retirement in 1968.

Re:Stage

May

2819.00hFri
2919.00hSat

RIVOLIGrand Auditorium

Dance
Portugal/United States of America/Germany
Price 9€
Duration 1.25h 
Age >6
CHRONICLE
Choreography and costumes Martha Graham 
Music Wallingford Riegger 
Set design Isamu Noguchi
Original lighting design Jean Rosenthal 
Restaging Elizabeth Auclair
Remake of the original lighting design of Steps in the Street David Finley 
Remake of the original lighting design of Spectre - 1914 and Prelude to Action Spectre – 1914 and Prelude to Action Steven L. Shelley 
Cast Inês Ferrer (Spectre), Anyah Siddall, Africa Sobrino, Almudena Maldonado, Andreia Mota Beatriz Williamson, Inês Moura, Leonor de Jesus, Maria Barroso, Maria Santos, Patrícia Main, Raquel Fidalgo (Steps in the street), Inês Ferrer, Anyah Siddall, Africa Sobrino, Almudena Maldonado, Andreia Mota, Beatriz Williamson, Inês Moura, Leonor de Jesus, Maria Barroso, Maria Santos, Patrícia Main, Raquel Fidalgo (Prelude to action)

A MESA VERDE
Choreography Kurt Jooss 
Music F. A. Cohen
Project Hein Heckroth 
Libretto Kurt Jooss 
Masks and lighting design Hermann Markard 
Restaging and supervision Jeanette Vondersaar
Rehearsal director Cláudio Schellino
Lighting design supervisor Berry Claassen
Cast Carlos Pinillos (A Morte), João Costa (O Porta-Estandarte), Francisco Sebastião (O Jovem Soldado), Raquel Fidalgo (A Jovem), Filipa de Castro (A Mulher), Nuno Fernandes (O Velho Soldado), Andreia Pinho (A Mãe), Miguel Ramalho (O Oportunista), Dylan Waddell, Frederico Loureiro, Joshua Earl (Soldados), Mar Escoda, Almudena Maldonado, Maria Santos, Nanae Yagisawa, Miyu Matsui (Mulheres), João Costa, Nuno Fernandes, Francisco Sebastião, Filipa de Castro, Andreia Pinho, Miguel Ramalho, Miyu Matsui, Dylan Waddell, Frederico Loureiro, Joshua Earl (Os Senhores de Negro)
Pianists Jill Lawson and Paulo Oliveira