Ballet and fashion – two separate art forms that primarily address the observer through visual perception. By observing the movement of the dancers’ bodies, we can decipher encoded stories; by observing the outfits in motion, we perceive their texture, cut and the inspiration of the designer. Ever since their inception, ballet and fashion have, subconsciously, walked hand-in-hand. During Romanticism, the star dancers were those to set the fashion trends in Paris; in the 20th century the fashion icons such as Versace, Dior, Chanel and others designed costumes for ballet productions. Fashion Ballet Gala ´22 will present four original stage forms that are the fruit of the work of Slovak choreographers and fashion designers.
Choreography by Kristina Paulin
Costume design Martin Hrča
Music Igor Stravinsky (Symphony in C)
” Let’s not fly too high if we don’t want to get burned.”
The story of Icarus and Daedalus, one of the most famous Greek myths, as an allegory to lofty goals, exaggerated ambitions and pride inspired choreographer Kristina Paulin to create a chamber work with a strong message. It is important to set high goals, but we must not forget humility and caution.
Choreography by Adrian Ducin
Costume design Pavol Dendis
Music by Remo Klačanský
We all carry within us a natural desire for individuality and uniqueness. Everyone is an original blend of character traits, temperament, emotions, motivations and abilities. Clothes may protect our vulnerability, but they do not hide our difference and originality, which allows us to seek our own approach to life and find our own solutions.
Choreography by Lukáš Timuľak
Costume design Boris Hanečka
Music Henry Vega, Georg Friedrich Händel
“The theme of fashion and dance in history fascinates me. The avant-garde movement of a century ago permanently changed the way we experience and understand art: the Ballets Suédois in Paris in the 1920s integrated movement, music, art, drama, film and poetry into one coherent whole, a holistic experience for the viewer. This way of co-creating with artists from different disciplines is very close to my heart: more than fifteen years of collaboration with designer Peter Biľak resulted in the Make Move Think Foundation, which we founded in 2017 as a platform for multidisciplinary collaborations between artists,” says choreographer Lukáš Timuľak. In their new work, TWO, together with fashion designer Boris Hanecek and composer Henry Vega, explore ways to bring together the ideas of individuals into a synergy of creation. The dance of the two dancers is an expression of connection, inseparability and forces that are complementary rather than opposing, forming a whole that is much more than the sum of its parts.
Choreography by Roman Novitzký
Costumes Lukáš Krnáč
Music New Dorp New York/SBTRKT, Satisfied/Prince, Too Funky/George Michael
Extravaganza is motivated by the phenomenon of fashion as a space for openness and creativity, as well as finding overlaps in dance. Musically, visually and movement-wise, the creators were inspired by the iconic fashion of the 90s with an explosion of contrasting colours, materials and cuts. For a fashion designer coming from the fashion world with its extravagances, creating functional dance costumes was a challenge. The choreographer and dancers had the opportunity to go beyond the ballet standard and enjoy a somewhat crazy, surprising, sometimes shocking “fashion show”. For the audience, Extravaganza can be a nostalgic return to the glittering era of the 90s, an opportunity to experience it anew, with an original movement and artistic message.
Cast: soloists and choir of the Slovak National Theatre Ballet
Venue: the Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova Street, Bratislava
Thursday 26 May 2022 19:00 h – 22:00 h
Friday 27 May 2022 19:00 h – 22:00 h
Admission: 29 – 59 €
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