"Music is a dream from which the veils have been lifted. It's not even the expression of a feeling, it's the feeling itself." This quote from Claude Debussy describes the musical world of this programme, made up of his own works and works by Maurice Ravel. In the choreography of Ravel's and Debussy's music by Jeroen Verbruggen and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, fluid lines, dream and atmosphere are strongly present.

His Exhibition, to Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in the famous orchestration by Ravel, is a polemic of sorts, as the work is rarely visualised as a ballet. From the beginning, it was intended as an in memoriam for the painter Viktor Hartmann, full of thoughts of death and with an elegiac mood. Dreamlike scenes mingle with the desire to recapture an elusive past.

Jeroen Verbruggen created a new choreography to Maurice Ravel's ballet music Ma Mère l'Oye (after the Tales of Mother Goose), prefaced by the sublime Pavane pour une infante défunte. His great inspiration is the death-transcending spiritual love between the late King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola.

In Faun, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui explores the animal side of human movement and the power of mythology. In this duet, which has formed part of Royal Ballet Flanders' repertoire since 2013, the faun meets his female counterpart. Cherkaoui asked the contemporary composer Nitin Sawhney to add musical interventions to Debussy's piece.
Length: 2h 30 min, incl. 2 breaks  

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Jeroen Verbruggen
Tim Van Steenbergen
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Ballet Vlaanderen

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