Summer Tales will comprise three works. The first two, Scheherazade and Undine, are based on the writings and compositions of French and German artists. A celebration of French-German friendship, the performance is jointly presented by Sutra Dance Theatre, the Alliance Française and the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes Kuala Lumpur. The last piece, The Rite of Spring, provides a Russian finale.
As part of Sutra’s Under the Stars Series 2003, Summer Tales is a specially commissioned contemporary dance choreographed by Ramli Ibrahim and Ileana Citaristi. It will be performed by Biljana Kiryazova, Guna, January Low, Judimar Monfils, Keith Chin, Ramli Ibrahim, Sangitha Namashivayam, Sri Mas Dewi, Syed Mustapha Syed Yasin, Tan Mei Mei and Weijun.
1 August 2003 @ 8.30pm (by invitation only)
2-3 August 2003 @ 8.30pm (donations welcome)
Venue: Amphi-Sutra (12 Persiaran Titiwangsa 3, Kuala Lumpur)
Contact: 03-4022 9669
Contes d’été, Sommer Märchen (Summer Tales)
Scheherazade – composed by Maurice Ravel based on text of French poet, Tristan Klingsor.
Ravel’s music has often been characterized as colorful, picturesque and composed with dance in mind. Sutra will use contemporary dance to uncover its secret sensuality.
Undine – written by Friedrich Heinrich Karl and rendered in music by Hans Werner Henze, a widely known modern composer.
Sutra’s dance version of this fairy tale’s modern ballet music will unite the themes and topics of the night.
The Rite of Spring – a seminal work composed by Stavinsky, commissioned by Diaghilev and choreographed by Nijinsky for the Russian Ballet in 1913.
It continues to fascinate and challenge choreographers to this day; this choreographic challenge will be attempted in Malaysia for the first time.