Behind the scenes at ‘Wings of Wax’ with Jiří Kylián | Dutch National Ballet

For the first time, Dutch National Ballet is dancing a creation by Jiří Kylián called ‘Wings of Wax’. Kylián created the piece in 1997, set to an exciting music collage, ranging from Baroque to Philip Glass, with one of Bach’s Goldberg Variations as the impressive ‘finale’. The starting point for the ballet was the realisation that classically trained dancers are continually defying gravity. “They jump and turn, the men lift the women above their heads, and the women balance on pointe. For a layman, it’s probably absurd and totally unreal, but for dancers – and for those who admire them – it’s a way of rising above everyday monotony.”

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