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2017 Premiere Season

Being and Time

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Being and Time is an exhilarating triple bill to be performed by the Melbourne Ballet Company.

Choreographed by Simon Hoy (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet New York, Carolina Ballet, Ballet Mainz, Germany) , Lucas Jervies (Australian Ballet, Scapino Ballet, Sydney Dance Company) and Tim Podesta (South African Ballet Theatre, Projection Dance).

This program of contemporary ballet will be developed in Melbourne, Sydney and Regional Victoria.

This stunning program of contemporary ballet is not to be missed!

Being and Time – is a program strongly reflecting existentialism… the belief that philosophical thinking begins with and reflects its human subjects— in their acting, feeling, and as recognisable living human individuals. This existential understanding of being is grounded in time..

So why existentialism? Existentialism is a philosophy that insists on the greater importance of our human existence contrasted with natural objects.

While the predominant value of existentialist thought is widely acknowledged to be its freedom, its intrinsic primary virtue lies in its authenticity.

The starting point for the individual is frequently characterised by an initial sense of disorientation and confusion (“the existential attitude”) in the face of an apparently meaningless or even absurd world.

Through this innovative program, both choreographers and dancers can be seen to research and depict the primary virtue of existentialism: that of authenticity. The artists are exploring themselves as individuals, analysing their personal behaviour and emotions in front of the surrounding reality.

“Being and Time” thus sets out to view the world from a purely existentialist prospective. It thus promises to be a thrilling creative development whose structure is only revealed in this captivating dance program.

A Subjective Perspective

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Choreographed by Alice Topp (The Australian Ballet), Rani Luther (The Australian Ballet, Netherlands Dans Theatre), Daniel Jaber (The Australian Dance Theatre). This fascinating program of contemporary ballet is a must see!

A Subjective Perspective – An exploration of how expressionist artists (sought) seek to express the meaning of emotional experience rather than physical reality.

Expressionism: presents the world, especially the arts, solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express the meaning of emotional experience rather than physical reality.

Expressionism evolved mainly as an avantgarde style evoked in painting, literature, drama, architecture, and also music and dance just before the First World War. It remained popular in Berlin especially during the Weimar Republic.

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