The programme was unusual for me featuring 3 modern pieces :
the evening opened with a new piece by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, drawing on two previous pas de deux, In Memoriam and Mea Culpa, entitled Mercy. It is set to music by Heinrich Schütz and Johann Hermann Schein, and accompanied by members of Akadêmia from France, conducted by Françoise Lasserre. Mercy was followed by Passo by Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, and danced to music by British electronic music duo Autechre with English traditional folk music. The evening concluded with Facada by Arthur Pita, adapted specially for Natalia and Ivan, from his original piece God’s Garden. Original music by Frank Moon, Phil King and Portuguese traditional fado will be played live by Frank Moon.
The technique and performance were breathtaking , but personally I 'd prefer to see a proper classic gala rather than contemporary pieces with fighting man & woman ((
Black swan and Don Quixote would be much better. Sorry !