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Bella Figura , Jiri Kylian

Nederlands Dans Theatre & Jiri Kylian

Year: 1998, 32 mins
Code: AH-Bella

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One-act ballet by Jiří Kylián, first presented in 1995 by Nederlands Dans Theater.

This ballet is another one of Kylian’s masterpieces. The work is made up of a series of duets, trios and quartets for nine dancers. The ballet is set to baroque music that include selections of Pergolesi, Marcello, Vivaldi and Torelli.

The piece explores the aesthetic ambiguity of theatrical representation regarding illusions of “performance” in life, the masquerade regarding “costumes” we wear and the division between art and artifice and reality and imagination. Through this work Kylian asks us to ponder “what is life if not a dream?”

‘A dream of a choreography’ (De Telegraaf) 

Other performances in this series:


Choreographer: JIŘÍ KYLIÁN

"Kylián's distinctive style – acrobatic, abstract, always surprising – runs through all three works. The range of the Nederlands Dans Theater also is on display here. The films are beautifully photographed, and the sound is excellent too." (Raymond Tuttle,

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