Ballet Week 2009
The Bavarian State Ballet celebrated two anniversaries during its annual Ballet Week, held this year from May 3-10: the company’s 20th birthday as an independent institution and the centenary of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.
A lonely dancer stands spot-lit on a stage. A voice-over explains that the link between rhythm and dance in classical ballet is the positions. At a breakneck tempo the voice then lists them. Not by their French names but by the numbers one to 100, whilst the dancer demonstrates them. After a short break the voice calls out the numbers again, but this time in random order and the dancer connects them together in a thrilling dance, which, however, renders him in pieces, torso, arms and legs apart.