18:00 – 19:30
4 Chopin Ballades in Music & Movement
The 4 Ballades by Chopin are both some of the most beloved, and some of the most difficult pieces ever written for piano. In this concert you will see them in a new way: with the original music on piano experienced together with a brand new dance choreography, which illustrates, explains, and deepens the experience of the music.
The concept of writing Ballades for solo piano was a new invention by Chopin, and they held a very special place in his heart. In fact, in a correspondence between Chopin and Schumann, they both concluded that his first Ballade was the best piece he had written. After that, he would write 3 more Ballades, during a period of ~11 years. Although the 4 pieces are quite different from each other, they also share many things in common: a sense of dance-like story telling, a single interconnected movement, and a story that covers all aspects of the human expression, from beauty to chaos, and from boredom to magic. To listen to all four of the Ballades in a single concert is a very rich and rewarding – almost a wholesome – experience.
Furthermore, because the pieces are so rich, with so many things told in a very short period of time, we will in this concert create an additional experience: dance-visualizations to explain and illustrate what happens. In a tight collaboration, Gunnar Cedersund and Matilda Larsson has created a new dance choreography based on the music. These dance movements will be heard sometimes before the pieces, while we go through them, and sometimes at the same as it is heard. All of this is meant to deepen the experience, to bring more of the wonderful music across to you, the audience.
Gunnar Cedersund first studied 10 years for Stig Olsson in Linköping, whereafter he continued with studies e.g. for José Ribera, professor at DKDM in Copenhagen. Gunnar is also a dancer and teacher in a wide variety of dances, including tango, salsa, and contact improvisation. Recently, these two careers have started to merge, by creating choreographies to classical piano pieces, such as this one here. Gunnar is bringing this and other programs (such as 16 of the Beethoven sonatas) on tours across the world: 2019 will see concert in >20 cities, >10 countries, and 5 continents.
Matilda Larsson started her ballet studies for Marlene Jacobsson in Linköping, and was the first Swedish dancer to complete all examinations on an advanced degree for the Royal Academy of Dance. She continued her studies in ballet and modern dance at the Györ School of Dance and Fine Arts in Hungary. Since then, she has worked as a professional dancer e.g. at the National Theatre in Györ, Hungary; in the co-produced production “Narcissus” in Linköping, and as a Baroque dancer in Vadstena, Sweden. Matilda is co-founder of the dance company Folke Dansteater.
Recommended normal price is 100 DKK, student and unemployed 50 DKK.