Turangalîla

Ballet by John Neumeier, Music by Olivier Messiaen

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“Optimism in dance” – with these words, Deutschlandfunk celebrated the premiere of John Neumeier’s ballet Turangalîla. The symphonic original is a hymn to love whose orchestral dimensions surpass even the symphonies of Mahler. Messiaen’s music absorbs a wide range of influences like a sponge, including Indian rhythms and scales, meticulously-recorded bird songs, and Christian chorales. To this music Neumeier has created a choreography that largely dispenses with narrative and celebrates pure dance: from the grand pas de deux to classical tours en l’air, in which the dancers leap and spin out of pure joie de vivre.

Photo that shows Turangalila® Kiran West. © Kiran West
© Kiran West

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Turangalîla
Ballet by John Neumeier
Music by Olivier Messiaen

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