La Pastorale

La Pastorale

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Beethoven’s 6th symphony, also known as the Pastoral Symphony, is an emotional ode to nature. In this dance piece, choreographer Thierry Malandain transforms Beethoven’s musical ideas into evocative,tranquil, and fluid dance.

Commissioned by the Bonn Opera for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday, Malandain’s La Pastorale is set to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, The Ruins of Athens, and his Op. 112 cantata Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt (“Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage). Three pieces which create a distinctly neoclassical narrative. Malandain includes references to George Balanchine’s Apollo with dancers dressed in white. Despite its tranquility there is alo an element of fun woven throughout the piece (keep your eye out for a visit from some giant snails!) If you’re looking for an elegant and exciting dance performance then this is it.

Cast & Crew

(Choreographer), (Director), (Director), Jorge Gallardo (SetDesign)

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