Giant Steps offers a chance to meet a trio of the most sought-after modern choreographers – three of the absolute biggest stars on the dance scene
Wayne McGregor is also a treasured guest on the Danish dance scene. In 2012, audiences could experience his phenomenal Chroma. McGregor hails from modern dance, which he mixes with classical ballet to create a sharp-toned and very personal step design. Unfortunately Wayne MacGregor won't be able to create a new piece for us for the Giant Steps program. Instead he will present an already established pieces titled Infra.
Rarely has the Royal Danish Ballet experienced such a cult-like following as when Jiří Kylián in 2007 created his sensuous full-evening Silk & Knife. Now he finally returns to the repertoire with Falling Angels, a ballet for eight dancers, all of whom are on-stage from start to finish. The ballet is set to music by American minimalist composer Steve Reich and is a tribute to female artists and the art of dance and everything that this implies, fathoming elegance and humour as well as anxiety and vulnerability.
Vertical Road is a meditative, spiritual journey that explores nature, rituals and human actions. Set to Nitin Sawhney’s powerful and hypnotic music, the dancers are drawn towards the ‘vertical path’ that stands for truth and enlightenment. Akram Khan created Vertical Road for his own company in 2010, inspired by Islamic Sufism and the Persian poet and philosopher Rumi. Khan has previously visited the Royal Danish Theatre with his fabulous performance Desh.
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Music: Max Richter
Design: Julian Opie
Costumes: Moritz Junge
Lighting designer: Lucy Carter
Choreographer: Jiří Kylián
Music: Steve Reich
Costume designer: Joke Visser
Lighting designer: Jiři Kylián and Joop Caboort
Choreographer: Akram Khan
Music: Nitin Sawhney
Costume designer: Kimie Nakano
Lighting designer: Jesper Kongshaug