Sechs Tänze (Six Dances)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(Sechs Deutsche Tänze [Six German Dances], KV 571, 1789)
Scenic & Costume Design
August 24, 1986; Nederlands Dans Theater
September 24, 2010
The 2010 PNB premiere of Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tänze (Six Dances) was generously underwritten by Jeffrey & Susan Brotman.
Choreographer Jiri Kylian has written: “Two centuries separate us from the time Mozart wrote his German Dances—an historical period shaped considerably by wars, revolutions, and all sorts of upheavals. With this mind, I found it impossible to simply create different dance numbers reflecting merely the humor and musical brilliance of the composer. Instead, I have set six seemingly nonsensical acts, which obviously ignore their surroundings. They are dwarfed in the face of the ever present troubled world, which most of us for some unspecified reason carry in our souls.
“Although the entertaining quality of Mozart’s Sechs Tänze enjoys great general popularity, it shouldn’t only be regarded as a burlesque. Its humor ought to serve as a vehicle to point towards our relative values. Mozart’s ability to react upon difficult circumstances with a self-preserving outburst of nonsensical poetry is well known.”