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Artistic Director: José Carlos Martínez


Allegro brillante
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust 
Music: P.I. Chaikovski (Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat)
Premiered at
24rd May 2004 in Teatro Real in Madrid by Compañía Nacional de Danza

"Delibes Suite"
Choreography: José Carlos Martínez 
Music: Leo Delibes (Extracted from La Source and Coppelia)
Figurines: Agnès Letestu

"In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated"
Choreography: William Forsythe
Music: T. Willems
Set designer, costumes and light designer
: William Forsythe
Staging: Agnès Noltenius

Choreography: Mats Ek
Music: Fleshquartet
Choreographer in staging assistants: Mariko Aoyama and Ana Laguna
Costumes and Set designer: Peder Freiij

Light designer: Erik Berglund

With the Support of:



"Allegro brillante"
Allegro Brillante is characterized by what Maria Tallchief (the ballerina on whom the bravura leading role was created) calls “an expansive Russian romanticism”. The music’s vigorous pace makes the steps appear even more difficult, but the ballet relies on strong dancing, precise timing, and breadth of gesture. Balanchine said: “It contains everything I know about the classical ballet in 13 minutes”.

"In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated"
The strength of a work is based on its simplicity. In the Middle, lacking in any external effects, is concentrated in the traditional formula theme and variations. The main theme, danced by the ballerina, increases progressively in relation with the number of dancers, until the result of the group becomes much more complex variations and pas de deux. The pretended disdain of the dancers contrasts with the strict and severe technical demands. The title of the ballet refers to two golden cherries, which hang above from the centre of the stage, and which lead to a minimal reflexion within the huge interior of l’Opéra de Paris, the space in which this ballet was created.

“I watch a lot of film and theater. And look at a lot of art. But what’s important to me most is reading the newspaper, watching my children, watching animals move in the park, watching the traffic - things that are not meant to be seen. Social staging, as such, is very rich.” Mats Ek

Performance Dates

  • 24 MAY (S) 20:30h
  • 26 MAY (M) 20:00h
  • 27 MAY (T) 20:00h
  • 29 MAY (T) 20:00h
  • 30 MAY (F) 20:00h
  • 1 JUN (S) 18:30h
  • Place: Main Hall

Approximate running time

  • Allegro brillante: 16 minutes
  • Delibes Suite: 15 minutes
  • In the Middle, Somewhat
    : 26 minutes
  • Casi-casa: 40 minutes


Programme of show

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