LES BALLETS SUEDOIS
100 YEARS – A TRIBUTE
The performance lasts about 2 hours 30 minutes, including interval
A vibrant cultural explosion occurred in the swinging 1920s. Art, music and nightlife thrived, and right at the centre of the European culture elite was the art collector and visionary Rolf de Maré. He wanted to create a dance company that brought together theatre, art, poetry, music and mime, so he founded Les Ballets Suédois with the choreographer Jean Börlin in Paris. The company was at the forefront of the avantgarde, a movement that pushed the boundaries of beauty and art. Today, 100 years later, Les Ballets Suédois remains an iconic name across the world, recognised as one of the most ground-breaking phenomena within dance and the arts. The Royal Swedish Ballet pays tribute to the company’s legacy and its importance for the development of dance, art and music.
Jean Börlin’s seminal Skating Rink is finally back at the RSO after 20 years. The residents of a working-class housing estate come together at a skating rink. Their movements are mechanical, like the machines inside the factories where they work. Together with Fernand Léger, Börlin created iconic scenes inspired by cubism, a movement that informs everything from set design to costumes and choreography.
The choreographer Jean-Guillaume Bart and the artist Bea Szenfeld have, together with the Royal Swedish Ballet, created a new work inspired by the seminal ballet La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box). When it was first performed in 1921, the critics hailed the advent of a new art form. This was neither ballet nor music – it was better! The Royal Swedish Ballet give new life to the toys in the box accompanied by fantastical, playful music by Claude Debussy.
Roland Petit’s Carmen from 1949 is an amalgamation of classical ballet, modernism and Spanish rhythms. It never ceases to fascinate audiences all over the world. Carmen was not part of Les Ballets Suèdois repertoire. However, Petit was fond of blending different art