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Falling Angels: Jiri Kylián & Nederlands Dance Theater

September 13, 2012

Nederlands Dance Theater

Falling Angels

Choreography: Jiri Kylián

Music: Steve Reich

Directed by Hans Hulscher

Dance 6.

Falling Angels: Choreography by Jiri Kylián. Photo by Eric Antoniou.

Falling Angels was created in 1989 as one Kylián’s Black and White Ballets. The Black and White ballets consisted of six pieces, with Falling Angel being dance 6. It is choreographed to Steve Reich’s Drumming (Part One) created in 1971, which was based on ceremonial ritual music from Ghana (West Africa). Throughout Fallen Angels there is the use of mesmeric choral movement and repeated phrases. Falling Angels is for 8 women and depicts female dancers in their aim to achieve perfection but succumb in various stages to the human female psyche and female events such as ambition, seduction, pregnancy, birth, death, motherhood and self-awareness. Kylián was influenced by surrealism and minimalism during the creation of this work and the ‘black and white ballets’. In this ballet we see the combination of classical lines and sharp percussive movements that give unpredictability to the piece as a whole.

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