The Ballet National de Marseille and ICK Amsterdam present two parts of a diptych at the Grand Théâtre this week, the second of which is a world premier.
Gustav Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder”, based on poems Friedrich Rückert, are the inspiration for new work by choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. They have created two works, “Apparition” and “Disparition” that are showcased as a diptych in Luxembourg this week.
“Apparition” (photo Didier Philispar) features 12 children performing songs by Mahler, Eisler and Janáček about the lost innocence and the fragility of life. As well as dancers, the piece also includes visuals by filmmaker Ruben van Leer.,
“Disparition”, the second part of the diptych is an ode to disappearing. It picks up where “Apparition” left off. 12 bodies, music, projections, lighting, a radio presenter and children's voices come together for a sensorial and intuitive experience with the dancers confronted with edited pop songs by the likes of David Bowie, Björk and Radiohead.