An impressive quadriptych presenting work by Andonis Foniadakis, Vaslav Nijinsky, Edward Clug and Édouard Lock with overlapping themes. Each have something to say about the power of desire, rooted in their own worlds and expressed in their own dance idiom. This quadriptych, that is wholeheartedly devoted to desire, takes its name from Selon désir by the Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis. In addition, Royal Ballet Flanders will perform the legendary 'L'après-­midi d'un faune' by Nijinsky, the Russian drama 'Les Noces' by Edward Clug and the second part of Édouard Lock's 'The Heart of August', the sequel to the first part that will feature in the programme 'L'Oiseau de Feu'.

Foniadakis took inspiration from various parts of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions. Selon désir is a work in which mankind, doubtful and searching, in all his earthly insignificance, longs for a path to the sublime. 

One of the great landmark creations from the 20th century has got to be L'après-midi d'un faune to music by Claude Debussy. In 1912, the legendary dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky created a ballet to this music for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Paris. 

The Romanian choreographer Edward Clug found inspiration for his Les Noces in the Russia of the 19th century. Most marriages were arranged at a young age. The young couple balances between fear and curiosity, which Clug presents with frequent notes of humour.

In The Heart of August... Continued the Moroccan-Canadian choreographer Édouard Lock and composer Gavin Bryars build further on the first part that they created for the first ballet evening of this season, L'Oiseau de Feu.
Length: 3 hours, including 3 breaks  

Discover our team

Andonis Foniadakis
Vaslav Nijinski
Yannis Pouspourikas
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen

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