Petite Mort

Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort
Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Yannick Lebrun, Kirven James Boyd and Antonio Douthit in Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Company Premiere
(1991)
 
Choreographer: Jiří Kylián                              
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
 
The company premiere of Petite Mort, a ballet of visual surprises that showcase sensuality, humor and technical prowess of Ailey’s dancers, marks the first time a work by renowned European choreographer Jiří Kylián will appear in the Ailey repertory. Set to two of Mozart’s most popular piano concertos (Piano Concerto in A Major – Adagio, and Piano Concerto in C Major – Andante), blends a classical sensibility with a bold, modern wit in an unforgettable duel featuring six couples. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1947, Kylián was a long-time Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater who became recognized as one of the most influential choreographers of the past three decades, receiving many international awards and honors.
 
Robert Battle comments: “Jiří Kylián is one of the top international choreographers and Petite Mort, one of his best works, will be his first piece set on the Company. I was introduced to him when I was a student at Juilliard. I find Kylian’s partnering and his movement vocabulary reflective of some of the modern dance pioneers. This exquisite work will stretch the dancers and the way people see Ailey.”

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