Hans van Manen's Twilight
Posted 21 June 2010 - 07:55 PM
Unfortunately, I cannot find much information about it. Mostly I've just found notes about the female dancer taking off her high-heels part of the way through. Not very enlightening. I was hoping someone might have some additional insight, perhaps in regards to what inspired Mr. van Manen to create this ballet. I was so struck by the contrasting artistic elements; the backdrop featuring huge spherical buildings, as well as a post and beam fence, the woman's and the man's costumes, the John Cage score. I found these different elements so powerful in the piece. I have my own thoughts and opinions regarding the piece but I was hoping for some historical context, shall we say, about the choreography and the creation.
Posted 22 June 2010 - 06:49 AM
I've always thought that the piece takes its theme from the music; John Cage's The Perilous Night, which was written at a very difficult period in his life. Horst Koegler describes it as a "dramatic ballet for a man and a woman who fight out their precarious relationship with unrelenting provocation and aggression".
Posted 20 July 2010 - 02:29 AM
I actually danced this piece when I was with Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet & funnily enough was discussing it with my pianist from City Contempory Dance Company today. It is a wonderful piece & so very exhausting if you put your heart & soul into it. With the concluding notes on the piano the dancers have to follow with a breath in & a breath out& you are so exhausted that it is hard to control your bodily function. You just want to pee your pants. When I danced this piece I was also dancing 3 other ballets on the same night & had several quick changes.
But it was a wonderful experience & I love Hans Van Manen
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