Petite Mort

Sarah Ricard Orza and Seth Orza in
Petite Mort. Photo © Angela Sterling

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Piano Concerto in A Major [Adagio] KV 488, Piano Concerto in C Major [Andante] KV 467)
Choreography: Jiri Kylian
Staging: Roslyn Anderson
Scenic Design: Jiri Kylian
Costume Design: Joke Visser
Lighting Design: Joop Caboort
Lighting Supervision: Kees Tjebbes
Duration: 17 minutes
Premiere: August 23, 1991: Nederlands Dans Theater
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: November 5, 2009

The 2009 PNB premiere of Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort was generously underwritten by Jeffrey & Susan Brotman and Peter & Peggy Horvitz.

Jiri Kylian choreographed Petite Mort for the Salzburg Festival in commemoration of the second centenary of Mozart's death. He chose as his music the slow movements of two of Mozart's most beautiful and popular piano concertos. The choreography includes six men, six women, and six fencing foils. The foils are the men's real dancing partners and sometimes turn out to be more stubborn and willful than a human partner. Besides light-hearted moments with the foils, Kylian also plays with black baroque dresses, which at times appear to exist separately from the dancers and at others to be molded to their bodies. Petite Mort is the first work by Jiri Kylian to be acquired by Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Notes by Doug Fullington.

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