Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(Piano Concerto in A Major [Adagio], KV 488; Piano Concerto in C Major [Andante], KV 467)
August 23, 1991; Nederlands Dans Theater
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 was the first work by Jiri Kylian to be acquired by Pacific Northwest Ballet.