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The Apotheosis of the Dance
September 7, 2017
Stabat MATER

This mesmerizing double bill, with its spiritual focus, features the company’s dancers in two major musical works performed by Les Grands Ballets Orchestra.

Romanian choreographer Edward Clug, an emerging talent in European dance, engages a resolutely modern dialogue with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, a masterpiece of the Italian Baroque. For Clug, the tremendously expressive score conveys life and hope.

Uwe Scholz (1958-2004), an exceptionally talented German choreographer who passed away far too young, left behind a rich legacy. The evening’s second work, his Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, the music for which was described by Richard Wagner as “the apotheosis of the dance,” is one of his master works. With its remarkable musicality, this ballet on pointe, as finely cut as a diamond, leaves no one indifferent. It all makes for a memorable evening of music and dance!