Music: György Ligeti - String Quartet No. 2
Concept: Teet Kask
Choreography: Teet Kask
Dancers: Norwegian National Ballet
Musician: Norwegian National Opera Orchestra
Duration: 13 min
Premier: May 2014, Norwegian National Opera, Oslo
Main inspirational source for project is György Ligeti's String Quartet No. 2 and themes which led to compose this particular piece of music. Second string quartet will function also as a guide to develop structure and choreographic language.
Ligeti's music will be treated not as a basic, where dance have illustrational role, but as a “dancer” and a partner, shifting focus in plaiting like method creating conditional expression.
Intention is to go under the skin of dancers and music. To discover territories, what are common to contemporary people and Ligeti musical composition. What are this sustainable human values, what will be touched and have a urge to be brought out.
String Quartet No. 2 have in it strong presence of theme of melancholy, what in this musical work is symbolized with static sound mass, what gradually shifting rhythmic layers. The layers start together and gradually move out of sync with one another. Composer describes it as the effect, with what he was trying to achieve sensation of like house full of clocks all ticking at different times.
Melancholy is symbolizing here humans tragedy when we do not accept Will manifested in Creation – follow the laws of Nature. Otherwise man is forever doomed to searching, restlessness and skepticism – uncertainty.
Project will research process of individual development of person, who when sensing that time spent with loved ones is not in synchrony anymore (ex. because of death).
Dreaming back in to past, where “clocks” did tick together. Making journeys to places on emotional landscape, where was painful to admit 'A rhythm' of time in relation to himself and others.
Project is focusing on characters, who lives alone in 'a house full of clocks ticking away all the time.' Experiencing inner restlessness, what leads to melancholy. Character who will travel in memory-timeline back and forward where wishful thinking, desires, dreams and fantasies mingle freely.
Between amorous adventures where characters outward shyness may serve only to conceal perversity. Where the inner monologues are made up of their nostalgic longings and insatiable desires. Where they retrospectively re-live their lives, hard and soft, “like a machine that breaks down”, "melting of solids into air", “as clouds move across the sky” (a metaphor Ligeti uses), penetrated by shards of sunlight.