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Biblical Stories in Ballet
March 29, 2012   
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Warsaw audiences will be encouraged to reflect on a selection of Biblical themes when Biblical Stories (Opowieści Biblijne), the latest production by the Polish National Ballet, opens April 14 at the Wielki Theater-National Opera.

The Old and New Testament are a never-ending source of inspiration for artists, including Krzysztof Pastor, the director of the Polish National Ballet. Pastor came up with the idea of bringing together works by three great choreographers in one show.

The first part of Biblical Stories will feature The Prodigal Son, a ballet with music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by George Balanchine. The ballet, based on the parable from St. Luke’s gospel, had its world premiere in Paris in 1929. The version staged that year became a contemporary ballet classic and is shown around the world to this day.

The second part of the new production is Cain and Abel, a ballet choreographed by Emil Wesołowski and with music by Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik.

The Wielki Theater production will also feature a ballet by Jacek Przybyłowicz, Six Wings of Angels, which uses masterpieces of Baroque music by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach and Giovanni B. Pergolesi.

M.R.

Wielki Theater/National Opera in Warsaw, 1 Teatralny Sq. tel. +48 22 826-50-19, www.teatrwielki.pl
Premiere: April 14,
Performances: April 15, 6 p.m., April 17 and 18, 7 p.m.
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