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Sylvie Guillem will return to Athens

14 December 2013 / 12:12:02  GRReporter
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Sylvie Guillem, in the maturity of her career, is continuing to seek new dance challenges and is collaborating with exceptional talents like Akram Khan, a famous British dancer, choreographer and renowned soloist.

This is not the first time when the great ballerina with her legendary flexibility will return to Athens. A few years ago, the audience of Athens had the pleasure of enjoying her performance when, along with her partner Akram Khan, she presented (within the Athens Festival) the award-winning production "Sacred Monsters" and left the audience at Irodio theatre speechless. This year, the audience will have another chance to see her in this famous production to the accompaniment of a live orchestra within the new cycle of gala performances in Athens which will take place at the Athens Concert Hall (from 19 to 30 December).

Sacred monsters of dance

"Sacred Monsters" confirms once again not only the remarkable technique but also the restless spirit of the great ballerina who gives a new dimension to one of Akram Khan’s most daring choreographies, showing how the discipline of ballet can be harmoniously combined with the canons of modern movement. You can gain some idea of this from ​​the video below. In parallel, the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy her classic repertoire as well.

In "Marguerite and Armand" Sylvie Guillem will perform in Frederick Ashton’s legendary choreography created in the early 1960s to show the surprising abilities of a great dancing couple, namely Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. The high demands of the choreography for many years had turned the show into a "forbidden" work.

Sylvie Guillem and her partner Massimo Murru, premier soloist of La Scala in Milan, will present her interpretation of this work, which her mentor and teacher Rudolf Nureyev has stamped with his own perceptions.

Massimo Murru will play the role of Armand whereas Oliver Chanut, a famous dancer, choreographer and close collaborator of the unforgettable Maurice Bejart, will perform the role of his father.

The famous soloists of  the Tokyo Ballet

Not only Sylvie Guillem but also the best soloists of the famous ballet of Tokyo will present in Athens their performance "Etudes", the famous work by Danish choreographer and dancer Harald Lander involving Naoki Takagishi (Deputy Artistic Director of the Tokyo Ballet) and soloist Haruk Nara.

Two dancers with several hits in their repertoire, Mizuki Ueno and Dan Tsukamoto, will demonstrate their technique, virtuosity and expressiveness in "Sleeping Beauty". They will offer a unique spectacle for the whole family and there will be some afternoon performances of this exciting dance tale at special prices for children.
Information: "Sacred Monsters" from 19 to 23 December; "Marguerite and Armand" and "Etudes" from 25 to 30 December (evening performances); "Sleeping Beauty" from 25 to 30 December (afternoon performances for children). Ticket sale: at the Athens Concert Hall, Public and at 8 Omirou Street. Tickets on-line:, telephone booking on 210 7282333. Organisation and production: Lavris.

Tags: Sylvie GuillemAkram KhanBalletSacred MonstersTokyo Ballet
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