Forgotten Land


Benjamin Britten
(Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20, 1939)


Jiří Kylián


Roslyn Anderson

Scenic & Costume Design

John F. Macfarlane

Lighting Design

Joop Caboort

Lighting Re-Design

Kees Tjebbes


26 minutes


April 12, 1981; Stuttgart Ballet

PNB Premiere

November 8, 2013

Principal support for the 2013 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land was generously provided by Patty Edwards.

Program Notes

Jiří Kylián, in comparison to Benjamin Britten, sees Sinfonia da Requiem as a work of more personal character than a political one—for it is always people who determine the political scene. It is always people and nature who turn the wheel of evolution a little further.

East Anglia, a coastline of England slowly submerging under the sea, is the birthplace of Benjamin Britten.

The image of land taken over by the sea—together with a painting by Edvard Munch—became the primary inspiration for the choreography of Forgotten Land: land—the basis and center of human existence—is in itself always subject to the eternal metamorphosis and mutation; land, from ancient times bearing the imprints of generations; lands within the memories of human beings, that had to be forgotten because of political struggle; lands destroyed by nature or human negligence; wishful lands that have only emerged in our dreams; lands of promise and illusion.

Notes courtesy of the Kylián Foundation. Used by permission.