Jiri Kylian pulls his rep from NDT
Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:33 PM
There doesn't seem to be anything on their website -- this article from Australia goes into a little detail.
Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:38 AM
... with this decision I force the company to innovate.
This is an extraordinary story. It also seems a tribute to Kylian's commitment to "new" choreography -- a creative opportunity he, and NDT as well, benefited from during his own career.
He said NDT had become great "because I was not bothered by tradition. Everything was possible, anything allowed. Now Paul feels the freedom to present [NDT] with new work and new names".
I wonder how many other Artistic Directors/Choreographers working today would be willing to follow Kylian's example.
Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:58 PM
Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:06 PM
I do understand feeling dragged by pressure to perform what has become a core rep, and how creating new work concurrently brings up the inevitable comparisons to the now-familiar standards, as everything coming out of NYCB is compared to Balanchine or Robbins.
Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:26 PM
Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:53 AM
Melissa Hayden was dismayed that Balanchine stopped giving jumps in class after Farrell had knee problems: while the new rep Balanchine was creating didn't demand them, the older rep certainly did. Even aside from style, will the new rep demand the same technique as the Kylian rep? Stylistically, there are the same issues with any sea change and with the change in generations.
What's interesting is that this is not an issue where a choreographer is pressured to program old rep that he's outgrown or, worse, to keep replicating the same-old, because any new direction is rejected out of hand. (When I was in college, many people treated Joni Mitchell's albums after "Blue" as self-heresy.) It's more like tossing the kids out of the house after high school graduation and telling them to deal with it.
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