In the contemporary Western society, more and more people radicalize their relationship to tradition, either by blindly following it or claiming to annihilate it. An intermediate path does not seem desirable anymore. How does one build on tradition while staying critical towards it?
In A Duet, this tension is exposed through dance. Ballet is the beloved mother and the despised father of the Western concert dance tradition. In the piece, the performers are fighting the classical dance and it fights back. However, the goal of this battle is not to defeat but to elevate each other. Ballet is forcing performers to search for the essence of classical worldview, while the performers are urging it to talk with a voice of current times. Witnessing this infinite battle is the audience who is invited to reflect on their personal and societal role in defending, destroying or neglecting tradition and its relationship to today.
Urtė Groblytė, Ibai Jimenez
Lisa M. Barry
Maxime Jerry Fraisse
Adolphe Adam - No. 20 Allegro feroce (Giselle, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas)
Still Waiting (France)
BE Company (Lithuania)
30 03 2023 at ArtDanThé, Théatre de Vanves, Paris (FR)
Lithuanian Council for Culture
Le Ballet National de Marseille – direction (LA)HORDE