SONATRA

AVAILABLE UNTIL: JUNE 12
RUNNING TIME: 20 MINS

BALLET | SONATRA + NUREYEV'S SWAN LAKE + SHIFT | CACTI

Joseph Sturdy's neoclassical piece is commissioned for the Royal Swedish Ballet and pays homage to the male dancer. It focuses on the human physics and the human driving forces. Accompanied by Michael Gordon's minimalist piano composition, recorded by Bengt-Åke Lundin, and a piece by Jane Antonia Cornish, Joseph Sturdy has created energetic formations wrapped in an abstract language. The 20 minutes piece is based on each of the 12 male dancers, where the bodies are allowed to speak for themselves. In contrast to the static and isolated life we all live in during the ongoing pandemic, Sonatra creates a constant expansive movement.
»I have wanted to fill Sonatra with human force and all the energy, precision and technical know-how that characterizes the Royal Swedish Ballet's dancers. Dancing is a collective, shared experience between the dancers and the audience – albeit we cannot be in the same room at this particular point in time. I want to show a path that is uplifting and gives an energy boost« says Joseph Sturdy.
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Premiere Talk - meet choreographer 
JOSEPH STURDY

Artistic director Nicolas Le Riche meets choreographer Joseph Sturdy for an introduction to his piece Sonatra. Sturdy is a choreographer creating contemporary dance works. The choreographic process has progressively given rise to a vocabulary that is both physically and technically demanding whilst thought provoking. The dance language is rooted in Joseph Sturdys classical and modern background and strives to communicate ideas with a human theme .

In preparation for Nureyev's 
SWAN LAKE

The Royal Swedish Ballet rehearse one of the world's most famous classical ballets – Swan Lake. For the first time ever, the Royal Swedish Opera gives an adaption of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, re-envisioned by dance icon and legend Rudolf Nureyev. Swan Lake is considered one of the most technically and physically challenging classical ballets for any ballet company to take on. Dancers are required to maintain high levels of performance consistently throughout the entire piece, and the efforts are towering for the protagonists and the whole ballet company involved. In preparation for Nureyev's Swan Lake provides an insight into the rehearsal process with act 2, which is an iconic part of the performance.
Nureyev first created his version of Swan Lake for the Wiener Staatsopern ballet company in 1964. Twenty years later, he developed the piece further for l'Opéra de Paris, which became his final version. Nureyev sheds light on the psychological aspect of dramatic history, which according to him, is a long daydream of the ballet's male leading role – Prince Siegfried.
In contrast to previous versions of Swan Lake, Nureyev highlights the prince in a significant role where he is allowed to express his feelings and melancholy.
The dancer and choreographer Charles Jude, who previously has been a star dancer ("Étoile") at l'Opéra de Paris, stages Swan Lake at The Royal Swedish Opera with a planned premiere in 2021.

SHIFT | CACTI

In the spring of 2020, the world was paralyzed by the corona pandemic, and theaters around the world were forced to close. At the end of May, the choreographer Alexander Ekman was hired to create a corona-adapted work for the Royal Swedish Ballet's dancers, which becam the work SHIFT.
The second presented work is Ekman's most recognised internationally, CACTI (2010), which has never been shown in Sweden before. »CACTI is about how we view art and how we feel the need to analyze and" understand "art. I feel that there is no "correct" way and that everyone is free to interpret and experience art as they wish. "
The performance is realised with the support of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.