English National Ballet: Modern Masters description
Modern Masters honours the work of three of the most influential choreographers of the 20th Century: Jiri Kylian, John Neumeirer and William Forsythe. Bold and galvanising, their choreographies are full of invention, energy, driven by music. Jiri Kylian's poetic Petite Mort features six men, six women and six fencing foils, symbolising energy, silence and sexuality. Performed to the slow movement of two Mozart Piano Concerti, the foils slowly become dancing partners as the brutality of everyday life is revealed. Spring and Fall was created by Hamburg Ballet's John Neumeier. Set to Dvorak's Serenade for strings in E Major, It is a work for two couples and corpsde ballet and takes its narrative from the tension in the music, Spring and Fall is not in the repertoire of any other UK company. With In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, William Forsythe started a new school of choreography, deconstructing classic ballet. Set against a bare stage it is danced by nine individuals culminating in a fierce display of techincal and physical wizardry.