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Program and cast

M. Petipa – Solymosi T. – Mirzoyan A. – Prokofieva I. / L. Minkus – É. Deldevez – L. Delib

Paquita-suite
Few works in classical ballet history have as many versions as the Paquita suite, also known as the Paquita Grand pas (classique). The new piece was created by Marius Petipa on the basis of the French ballet Paquita by working together with composer Ludwig Minkus to select the main musical numbers. Ever since the original premiere in Russia in 1882, the piece has used as many variations and solos, including additions from external sources, as dreamed up by the choreographer of the given production. In fact, a unique attribute of the piece is that the performing dancers often determine the numbers to dance or even perform choreographies prepared specifically for them.

General cast
Conductor
Imre Kollár
Solo female
Tatyjana Melnyik
Maria Beck
Soobin Lee
Solo male
Dmitry Timofeev
Gergő Ármin Balázsi
Boris Zhurilov
Featuring
the students of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute
Jiří Kylián / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

PETITE MORT
Jiří Kylián has always admired Mozart; over the course of his career, he has created a number of choreographed to the composer's music, including one from 1991 that paid homage to the genius of the 200th anniversary of his death.
Featured in this uniquely atmospheric ballet are six women, six men and six swords. In addition to the weapons, other props include black, baroque-style clothing and bizarre crinolines. The symbolic image in the dance piece presents a world where aggression, sexuality, silence, music, vulnerability, interdependence and eternal human beauty exist together in their own sense of poetry. This ballet from the choreographer's mature period is characterised by daring visuals, superb dance performances, elegance and style and has featured in the Hungarian National Ballet's repertoire since May 2013.

General cast
Conductor
Imre Kollár
1st girl
Ildikó Boros
Yuka Asai
2nd girl
Lili Felméry
Anna Krupp
3rd girl
Aliya Tanykpayeva
Artemisz Pisla
4th girl
Jessica Carulla Leon
Ellina Pokhodnykh
5th girl
Adrienn Pap
6th boy
Yourim Lee
Valerio Palumbo
András Rónai
6th girl
Julija Ragyus
Kristina Starostina
1st boy
Miklós Dávid Kerényi
Kristóf Morvai
2nd boy
Balázs Majoros
Vlagyiszlav Melnyik
3rd boy
Nyikolaj Ragyus
Gergely Leblanc
4th boy
Carlos Taravillo Mahillo
Noel Ágoston Kovács
6th boy
Gaetano Cottonaro
Iurii Kekalo
Piano accompanist
Elena Kovаčević
Yevhenii Fomin
György Lázár
Jiří Kylián / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SIX DANCES
"I've decided that I cannot simply create a dance series reflecting the composer's sense of humour and music genious. Instead, I've choreographed six visibly confusing scenes..." (Jiří Kylián)

In Kylián's ballet, Mozartian playfulness and absurd reality are transplanted into the language of movement. It was not a story that he set out to create, but rather a dance piece constructed out of the absurd situations encountered by heroes in powdered wigs who sometimes act irrationally and awkwardly: the very dictionary definition of the word "burlesque". From the first moment, the eight dancers take the stage like they are stepping out of a wax museum from Mozart's own era, and then the innovative freshness and dizzying dynamic of the choreography makes them ever more modern: timeless heroes of Kylián's absurd creative world.

Conductor
Imre Kollár
1st girl
Rita Hangya
Remedios Agustín Castaño
2nd girl
Yuka Asai
Barbara Kerényi
3rd girl
Kateryna Tarasova
Anita Tiffany Pesel
4th girl
Ágnes Kelemen
Aglaja Sawatzki
1st boy
Dávid Molnár
Dmitry Zhukov
2nd boy
Yago Guerra
Balázs Majoros
3rd boy
András Szegő
Maksym Kovtun
4th boy
Motomi Kiyota
Ricardo Vila M.
Harald Lander / Carl Czerny – Knudåge Riisager

ÉTUDES
Études is one of choreographer Harald Lander's most outstanding creations, one that he crafted for the Danish Royal Ballet in 1948. Beginning with the five positions of ballet and exercises beside the bare, it goes on to show certain parts of the rehearsal process, finally culminating in the grand finale of the completed Performance. Études depicts the everyday work of ballet dancers in its full reality and grandeur: the beauty and aesthetics of classical ballet and the joy and thrill of Dance.

“Both ballets are extreme compilations of vigorous ballet technique. Those ballets require virtuosity in bursts, often punctuating less onerous scènes d’action; these ballets require a lexicon of the toughest dance vocabulary, from start to finish….In particular, one must applaud the excellence of the ballet masters for the overall magnificence of the corps de ballet across both works.” (Graham Watts, Bachtrack)

Conductor
Imre Kollár
Ballerina
Maria Beck
Tatyjana Melnyik
Yourim Lee
First male soloist
Gergő Ármin Balázsi
Yago Guerra
András Rónai
Second male soloist
Gergely Leblanc
Vince Topolánszky
Ryosuke Morimoto

Hungarian State Opera

STANDING ROOM TICKETS - INFORMATION IN CASE OF A FULL HOUSE!

If all the seats are sold out for the selected time, but you still want to see the production on that day, 84 of the extremely affordable standing seats will be sold at the theatre, 2 hours before the start of the performance, with which you can visit the gallery on the 3rd floor. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office of the Budapest Opera House. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the stage can only be seen to a limited extent from the standing places and the side seats, but at the same time, following the performance is also supported by television broadcasting on the spot.

The Opera House is not only one of the most significant art relic of Budapest, but the symbol of the Hungarian operatic tradition of more than three hundred years as well. The long-awaited moment in Hungarian opera life arrived on September 27, 1884, when, in the presence of Franz Joseph I. the Opera House was opened amid great pomp and ceremony. The event, however, erupted into a small scandal - the curious crowd broke into the entrance hall and overran the security guards in order to catch a glimpse of the splendid Palace on Sugar út. Designed by Mikós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture, the construction lived up to the highest expectations. Ornamentation included paintings and sculptures by leading figures of Hungarian art of the time: Károly Lotz, Bertalan Székely, Mór Than and Alajos Stróbl. The great bronze chandelier from Mainz and the stage machinery moda by the Asphaleia company of Vienna were both considered as cutting-edge technology at that time.

 

Many important artists were guests here including Gustav Mahler, the composer who was director in Budapest from 1887 to 1891. He founded the international prestige of the institution, performing Wagner operas as well as Magcagni’ Cavalleria Rusticana. The Hungarian State Opera has always maintained high professional standards, inviting international stars like Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Monserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Cura, Thomas Hampson and Juan Diego Flórez to perform on its stage. The Hungarian cast include outstanding and renowed artists like Éva Marton, Ilona Tokody, Andrea Rost, Dénes Gulyás, Attila Fekete and Gábor Bretz.

Attila Nagy
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