Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve Comes to the Byham Theater Tonight
The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève tonight, March 8, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. Directed by Philippe Cohen, the Genève Ballet is known around the world for its exquisite choreography and exciting artistic collaborations. The evening program will feature two works, Glory and Sed Lux Permanet.
Glory, choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis, allows the dancers' bodies to come together in various modes of symbolism to the mastery and quality of Handel's flamboyant music. Sed Lux Permanet, choreographed by Ken Ossola, uses sculpted shadow play to enhance the delicate nature of the body set to the sensitive and ethereal sweetness of Fauré's Requiem.
The Grand Théâtre has hosted some of the world's greatest ballet companies, notably Isadora Duncan, Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes. At its reopening in 1962, the Grand Théâtre created its own ballet company, The Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet, under the successive management of Janine Charrat, Serge Golovine, Patricia Neary, Peter van Dyck, Oscar Araiz, Gradimir Pankov, François Passard and Giorgio Mancini.
From its beginnings, the company has been dedicated to performing various styles of dance and has worked with renowned artists such as George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe and Lucinda Childs. The company features twenty-two classically-trained dancers from around the world, performing in the neo-classical and contemporary styles. Each season features several new productions, repertoire performances at home, on tour, school productions and educational workshops. La Presse de Tunisie raves, "Divine...this company has established itself as one of the most original and inventive in Europe."