Petite Mort


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(Piano Concerto in A Major [Adagio], KV 488; Piano Concerto in C Major [Andante], KV 467)


Jiří Kylián


Roslyn Anderson
Stefan Zeromski (2023)

Scenic Design

Jiří Kylián

Costume Design

Joke Visser

Lighting Design

Joop Caboort

Lighting Supervision

Kees Tjebbes


17 minutes


12 dancers


August 23, 1991; Nederlands Dans Theater

PNB 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.

Program Notes

Jiří Kylián 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 twelve dancers and six fencing foils. The foils serve as dancing partners and sometimes turn out to be more stubborn and willful than a human partner. Besides light-hearted moments with the foils, Kylián 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 was the first work by Jiri Kylián to be acquired by Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Notes by Doug Fullington