5 Ballerinas from Oslo Opera House (recording)
An unusual and very touching performance from the Main Stage of the Oslo Opera House.
There are 2 parts of this performance, the second "Distant Closeness" unavailable now due to music rights.
These parts are connected by the idea of different notions of distance and closeness, reflecting on what it means to be distant from one another in the midst of the pandemic.
Distant Closeness was created on the occasion of 5 dancers retiring this season after 20 years in the Norwegian National Ballet but due to Corona restrictions they were going to miss out on their farewell performance in June.
This was an opportunity for a ‘last dance’ on stage for them.
Try the find this part later on.
After a prologue, during which concertmaster Catharina Chen performs Bach’s Sonata for solo violin in G minor in front of an empty theatre, the audience is catapulted into Melissa Hough's abstract piece 5 Ballerinas (2nd part) that we can see now.
Hough, a principal dancer at the Norwegian National Ballet and choreographer, sets the stage for 5 dancers: Eugenie Skilnand, Maiko Nishino, Whitney Jensen, Erika Pastel and Silas Henriksen. Without touching, they lace around each another in close proximity. While they often move in an analogous fashion, subtle shifts can be perceived.
4 women and 1 man dance in tutus to baroque music. Five dancers denied their farewell performances depict a dance of longing and distance – and the necessity of saying goodbye to start anew.
Hope you'll appreciate!
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