A post-68 Czech exile, Jirí Kylián was moved to create Torso (Music: Tõru Takemitsu) by the plight of the Russian dancers Valery and Galina Panov, who found asylum in Israel. Kylián has succeeded in imposing his unmistakable vision of contemporary ballet with the force of genius and grace.
Choreographer Jirí Kylián's work frequently manages to delve deeply into the mysteries of human existence, revealing its hidden aspects. His kinetic imagination vividly conjures up moods and situations of such intensity that the dance becomes an ideal medium for posing important existential questions and delving into social phenomena.
Dedicated to bridge the gap between modern dance and classical ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater forged a reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting dance groups in Europe. Under Jiří Kylián’s visionary direction (from 1975 to 1999), the company’s international pre-eminence kept growing.
Symphony of Psalms