对于史波利来说，巴赫的音乐就是取之不尽的灵感源泉。“每当我听巴赫，都会感受到自己内心的悸动。从二十岁起，我开始尝试采用巴赫的音乐进行创作。九十年代初，我在德国杜塞尔多夫创作了《哥德堡变奏曲》，很多评论声称这是那个时代最重要的创作之一。接着，我用巴赫六首无伴奏大提琴组曲创作了两个芭蕾作品：《Cello Suites - Und mied den Wind》和《Cello Suites - In den Winden im Nichts》。最初，是柏拉图提出的三个自然元素——土、火、水激发了我的灵感，创作出《物生》；随后，我以第四种自然元素‘风’为主题，创作出《风起》。巴赫无伴奏大提琴组曲内涵广博，给了我无限的创作自由，得以将古典芭蕾的技术技巧与现代舞蹈的自由流畅融为一体——这是不断丰富发展古典芭蕾的有效途径之一，也是我终生追求的目标。”
CELLO SUITES by Ballet Company of Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Performance Time：2016/9/17 (Sat.) 3pm 8pm
Performance Venue：Opera Hall, Guangzhou Opera House
Price：180 280 480 680 880 1280VIP
Choreography: Heinz Spoerli
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites for Cello solo No. 2, 3 and 6
Sets: Sergio Cave
Costumes: Heinz Spoerli
Lights: Martin Gebhardt
Duration: 75 minutes
A poetic dialogue where music and dance are in perfect harmony, and where the artists’ bodies, almost shaped by the wind, vibrate like cello strings. Pure dance without narration, abstract but profoundly human. Spoerli reveals his “neoclassical and musical” style inspired by Baroque music, and by the Bach Suites. Earth, water and fire were the elements he drew on for the first three; for Cello Suites (2003) it is air that permeates his choreography for Suites Nos. 2, 3 and 6. Wisps of smoke curl upwards from the solitary item of scenery, and a big ring embraces the 18 movements that make up the three parts of the ballet and acts as their unifier. Colored by the red, green and blue of the costumes, the different musical and choreographic atmospheres unfold in a succession of solos, pas de deux, and pas de trois, and in ensemble moments for the ballet company, embracing every nuance of the emotions.
Words from Choreographer Heinz Spoerli
Every time I listen to Bach, I feel my heart leap. To me, his music is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, and it has been so since I was in my twenties, even before I choreographed a version of the Goldberg Variations in Düsseldorf, Germany, at the beginning of the Nineties, which was acclaimed by many critics as one of the most important choreographic creations of the time. With the same enthusiasm I subsequently tackled Bach’s Six suites for unaccompanied cello in two phases, creating two ballets: Synopsis Und mied den Wind (Suites 5, 4 and 1), and In den Winden im Nichts (Suites 2, 3 and 6). In the first, I was inspired by the idea of three of the Platonic elements: earth, water and fire. The subject of the second, which is now to enter the repertoire of the Teatro alla Scala, is the fourth element - air - the wind. In the three Suites that make up In den Winden im Nichts, it is Bach himself who includes very real dance forms, such as the sarabande, the minuet, the gavotte, all of which provided me with further motivation to create abstract pieces inspired by them. In the Suites, I felt free to create, starting with the academic danse d’école, a sort of freestyle, and I was convinced of the need to promote research into classical ballet, which has always guided my commitment in this field.
Cello: Sandro Laffranchini
Descending from a family of musicians in Brescia, he began studying the cello at the age of six under the guidance of his father (principal cello of the Teatro alla Scala from 1969 to 2005) and studied with Maria Leali at the Milan Conservatory, where he graduated in 1993 with the highest honors. He improved his musical studies at the Romanini Foundation in Brescia with Mario Brunello, at the Academy Walter Stauffer in Cremona with Rocco Filippini and at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel with Thomas Demenga. After having received significant national and international awards (Stradivari Competition, Rotary, Pinerolo, Stresa), in 1998 he won the competition for principal cello at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. The following year he ranked first in the competition for principal cellist of the Teatro alla Scala and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, a position he continues to hold today.
Since 2003 he has been collaborating as a first cello with the World Orchestra for Peace, conducted by Valery Gergiev, playing then the same role with the London Symphony Orchestra and with the Opera Orchestra of Zurich. As a soloist, he performed with several orchestras such as the Filarmonica Italiana, Umbra e Siciliana, the Osaka Symphony, the Symphony of Siberian Krasnoyarsk, and with the chamber orchestras of La Scala. He has recorded several works with the Altus Trio, an ensemble composed by the violinist Klaidi Sahatchi, the pianist Andrea Rebaudengo and himself. He has recently published the Cello Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach on CD and DVD. Since 2011 he has been artistic coordinator of the Ensemble of the Teatro Grande in Brescia. He plays a Carlo Antonio Thestor cello manufactured in 1730.
Ballet Company of Teatro alla Scala di Milano
The Ballet Company of Teatro alla Scala is the resident classical ballet company at La Scala in Milan, Italy. One of the oldest and most renowned ballet companies in the world, the company predates the theatre, but was officially founded at the inauguration of La Scala in 1778. Many leading dancers have performed with the company, including Mara Galeazzi, Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle and Carla Fracci.
Recent years have seen the La Scala Ballet expand its visibility at home and abroad, with debut performances at the Paris Opera, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre, and in the USA, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Spain, Mexico and China etc. Now the company has étoiles Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle, Massimo Murru, guest artists Maria Eichwald, Polina Semionova, Alina Somova, Federico Bonelli, Leonid Sarafanov, principals Nicoletta Manni, Marta Romagna, Claudio Coviello, Alessandro Grillo, Antonino Sutera, Mick Zeni, newly appointed soloists and the many Corps de Ballet members.