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Grieg : Peer Gynt


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Heinz Spoerli attempts a daring combination of Grieg’s score and modern sounds for a dance translation of the interior monologue of Ibsen’s hero with the Zurich Ballet.

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Heinz Spoerli : Peer Gynt

In Peer Gynt, Zurich choreographer Heinz Spoerli has attempted a daring combination of Grieg’s score and modern sounds for a dance translation of the interior monologue of Ibsen’s hero.

Going beneath the surface of Ibsen’s narrative, Spoerli explores the emotional abyss the protagonist is plunged into. Finding that the Grieg work alone fell short of his ambitions, the choreographer turned to two contemporary composers whose music, rather than competing with Grieg’s, enriches it and gives rise to different worlds. Thus the Grieg lends itself to the ballet’s classical, narrative-style aspect, while the input from Brett Dean and Mark-Anthony Turnage provides an excellent vehicle for visual expression of Peer Gynt’s moods and his inner distress.

The production is performed by the Zurich Ballet, of which Spoerli is the director, with Peer Gynt danced by Stuttgart Ballet soloist Marijn Rademaker. The Orchestra and Choir of the Zurich Opera are conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen. 

The Swiss Heinz Spoerli receives the German Dance Prize 2009. In addition Marijn Rademaker, Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, is the recipient of the German Dance Price ´Future´ 2009.


Heinz Spoerli : Peer Gynt [DVD]

Music : Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Brett Dean (b. 1961)
Mark-Anthony Turnage (b. 1960)

Dancers :
Peer Gynt : Marijn Rademaker & Philipp Schepmann
Solveig : Yen Han
Åse : Ana Carolina Quaresma
Ingrid : Juliette Brunner
Anitra : Julie Gardette
King of the Mountain : Arman Grigoryan
King of the Mountain’s Daughter : Sarah-Jane Brodbeck
Death : Vahe Martirosyan

Zurich Ballet

Singers :
Solveig, Soprano  : Christiane Kohl
Peer Gynt, Tenor : Boguslaw Bidzinski
Soprano : Agnieszka Adamczak
Soprano : Huiling Zhu
Mezzo-soprano : Angelica Voje

Orchestra & Chorus of the Zurich Opera House

Conductor : Eivind Gullberg Jensen

Choreography : Heinz Spoerli

Sets : Florian Etti
Lighting design : Martin Gebhardt
Chorus master : Ernst Raffelsberger

Technical informations

Recording : Zurich Opera House | 11-12/2008
TV direction : Andy Sommer
Release date : 10 September 2009
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC050
Barcode : 3760115300507
Running time : 110 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles : FR / ENG
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

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