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SU 21/07/2024 Hours 20:00 Buy from VivaTicket or Ticket office
Teatro Carlo Felice

First part: 36 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
Part 2: 44 minutes
Total duration: 1 hour 40 minutes





Balletto del Teatro alla Scala

The corps de ballet of La Scala with a programme embracing 20th century sensibilities and contemporary creativity

Principal dancers, soloists and corps de ballet of the Teatro alla Scala

Reveal / Skew-Whiff / Il pipistrello (Excerpts) / Cantata (Pas de deux) / Donizetti pas de deux / Blake Works (Excerpts)

Choreography by Garrett Smith, Sol León e Paul Lightfoot, Roland Petit, Mauro Bigonzetti, Manuel Legris, William Forsythe

Music by Philip Glass, Gioachino Rossini, Johann Strauss (son), Amerigo Ciervo, Gaetano Donizetti, James Blake

Scenes Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, William Forsythe
Costumes by Monica Guerra, Sol León e Paul Lightfoot, Luisa Spinatelli, William Forsythe
Lighting Michael Mazzola, Tom Bevoort, Tanja Rühl

Twenty years after its previous trip, the La Scala Ballet Company returns to Genoa to present some of its most recent titles, in a programme that embraces 20th century sensibilities and contemporary creativity, with the signatures of Roland Petit, William Forsythe, Garrett Smith, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Mauro Bigonzetti and Ballet Director Manuel Legris himself. Presented by La Scala Ballet in February this year and now on tour for the first time, Reveal and Skew-Whiff will showcase the innovative power of American choreographer Garrett Smith and the famous artistic duo Sol León and Paul Lightfoot: Reveal, created by Garrett Smith for Houston Ballet in 2015, focuses on duality in its many forms, male/female, classical/contemporary, light/shadow, developing on two compositions by Philip Glass. Skew-Whiff(out of balance), on the Overture from Rossini’s Gazza ladra, is a special combination of contemporary choreography and classical music, among the most iconic works by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Among the great masters of the 20th century, Roland Petit is paid homage with an excerpt from The Bat, a successful transposition of an operetta into ballet, which has toured the world since ’79. It will then be the strong colours, typical of the south, that will involve in the pas de deux from Cantata, celebrated choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti who with passionate and visceral gestures evokes a wild Mediterranean beauty to stage seduction, passion, skirmishes, jealousy. A true tribute to the danse d’école, Donizetti pas de deux is a fresh and lively creation by Manuel Legris from 2011, and will be presented at La Scala for the first time as part of the third edition of Gala Fracci and then on tour in Genoa. In closing, William Forsythe’s choreographic architectures in Blake Works (Excerpts), an excerpt from the production that he has destined for the La Scala dancers in May 2023, in its world premiere, the crowning achievement of a project of exploration into the musical fabric of James Blake that began seven years earlier.

Today’s Teatro alla Scala Ballet boasts a glorious past whose roots go back centuries to the eighteenth-century inauguration, in 1778, of the world’s most famous musical theatre, which is still its home today. In the course of the 19th century, with the contribution of great choreographers, teachers and theorists, stars such as Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Cerrito, Sofia Fuoco, Lucile Grahn, Augusta Maywood and many others made a name for themselves in Europe and America. At the beginning of the 20th century, the dancer, choreographer and teacher Enrico Cecchetti, former guide of dancers such as Anna Pavlova, Michail Fokin, Tamara Karsavina and Vaslav Nijinsky and Djagilev’s collaborator with the Ballets Russes, became Director of the Ballet School at La Scala. From the Mitteleuropa of free and expressionist dance came new names, such as Aurel Milloss. Between the 1950s and 1960s, La Scala became a stage open to the stars of the choreographic scene, among the choreographers Roland Petit made his debut there in 1963, Maurice Béjart in 1971, among the étoiles Carla Fracci, Liliana Cosi, Luciana Savignano, Paolo Bortoluzzi with many other stars: from Margot Fonteyn to Yvette Chauviré, from Vladimir Vassiliev to the never forgotten Rudolf Nureyev. The La Scala Ballet has increased its visibility at the Paris Opéra, in the United States, at the Bol’šoj Theatre in Moscow and the Mariinsky-Kirov in St. Petersburg, in Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, China and Australia. Since 2020, Manuel Legris has been director of the La Scala Ballet Company. Trained at the Ecole de l’Opéra and appointed étoile in 1986 by Rudolf Nureyev, Legris was a world-renowned virtuoso. The guidelines of its direction keep the pivot of tradition and open up to the new.

Photo credit: Marco Brescia e Rudy Amisano

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