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Impulstanz: bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS – Marie Chouinard

At one point, Chi Long crosses the stage on mini-crutches on her arms, somehow managing to move and dance with her legs almost horizontal behind her…. The music for all this is either Bach’s Goldberg Variations or some sort of atmospheric drone with what sounds like sampled and heavily distorted Glenn Gould intoning “I would never argue in favor of an inflexible musical policy”.

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Impulstanz: Ballet de l’Opera de Paris à Vienne – Baroque, Bel, Balanchine, Brown

After a week of rain and flooding, the sun broke out on Thursday at last to coincide with the opening of the Impulstanz festival. The Opéra de Paris were the opening guest company and brought an extremely diverse programme to the Burgtheater.

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O zlotony / O composite – Legris, Dupont, Le Riche

I had seen some of these pieces in Paris when I was there and even reviewed them. But to see them in the Burgtheater was very different. While the Burgtheater is a substantial traditional theater, it is about half the size of the Palais Garnier, the principal residence of the Opéra de Paris. For some of the pieces, they worked much better in the closer quarters. For other pieces the smaller venue didn’t work as well.

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