Entre réel & illusion théâtrale
27 > 31 March 2019
Grand Théâtre de Genève

Entre réel & illusion théâtrale

An evening with 3 ballets
Bella FiguraPetite Mort by Jiří Kylián and Glory by Andonis Foniadakis

Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
Director Philippe Cohen

Duration: approx. 2h05 (with one intermission)

After a ten-year absence, the great Czech choreographer returns to the Grand Théâtre de Genève with two emblematic works from his vast and rich repertoire, Bella Figura and Petite Mort. Mixing classical and contemporary vocabulary, folklore and primitive dancing the language of Jiří Kylián, in all its delicacy and elegance, seeks to penetrate humanity’s most profound depths, revealing the body’s elementary movements in the dancing. With Bella Figura, Kylián questions the boundary between reality and theatrical illusion. Here, bodies are magnified in a complete interaction with theatrical devices. Petite Mort is a poetic, and paradoxically meaningful way of describing ecstasy. It is also a way of reminding us that our lives are relatively short and death is never very far away. In two slow movements of two of Mozart’s most famous piano concertos, the couples surrender to a dance of desire and death. It is always a death that accompanies our lives. Finally, Glory, by Andonis Foniadakis, an ode to virtuosity and exuberance, comes back to its original stage having toured the world since its creation in 2012. Through the musical works chosen and their aesthetic choreographies, which place humanity at the centre of all creativity, Jiří Kylián and Andonis Foniadakis scoff at our society in plays which celebrate the beauty of choreographic art.

Bella Figura

Choreographer, Scenographer
& lighting Designer
Jiří Kylián
Costumes Designer Joke Visser
Lighting Designer Tom Bevoort & Tees Tjebbes

Petite Mort

Choreographer, Scenographer
& lighting Designer
Jiří Kylián
Costumes Designer Joke Visser
Lighting Designer Joop Caboort


Choreographer & Scenographer Andonis Foniadakis
Costumes Designer Tassos Sofroniou
Lighting Designer Mikki Kuntu




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Mar 2019
Wednesday 27 |  7:30 pm
Thursday 28 |  7:30 pm
Friday 29 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 30 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 31 |  3 pm

Performances at the Place de Neuve.