11th International Festival of Contemporary Dance

When Baroque and Contemporary dance go hand in hand


French artists are coming to Zlín, they will perform the choreography Fleeting by Andrew Skeels on October 22nd.

"The choreography Fleeting mixes baroque music and contemporary dance, creating a beautiful, technically perfect work full of emotions that goes straight into the heart." This is how Sophie Jouve, a critic for Culture Box magazine, described the performance and she did not hesitate to use the term "choreographic jewel". You can see for yourself if the performance indeed deserves such a label!

The American choreographer Andrew Skeels joins classical Baroque music with less classical forms of dance. The performance is based on the ballet, yet it combines elements of both contemporary and street dance. According to the critic Thomas Hahn he is successful in his effort: "Street dance and Baroque music go hand in hand during each of their encounters," he wrote.

Fleeting pleasure of everyday life

The name Fleeting refers to the subtle, the momentary and the evanescent. Those are the feelings that baroque music conveys according to Skeels and they very well describe the tiny little pleasures that permeate our everyday lives. Two French artists - Noemie Ettlin and Victor Virnot - will perform the show.

During six sequences, you will be able to experience everything that can happen within a couple's life. At moments when the body and soul of the dancers curve around each other, you will be left breathless, you will feel like you are in a state of weightlessness. The choreography is poetically graceful, sensitive and fragile, tension are replaced by moments of relaxation. A significant role is played by the choice of music - Skeels turned to classic composers such as Johann S. Bach, A. Vivaldi, Georg F. Haendel, Giovanni Bononcini and others.

Ballet, hip hop, even dance in night clubs

The American-born Canadian Andrew Skeels boasts an adventurous history. At the age of 10, he discovered hip hop, five years later he became a nightclub dancer and at the age of 17 he began the ballet. He danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and at the age of 23 he was a solo dancer of the main ballet performances and choreographies of Jiří Kylian and Ohar Naharina. Since 2010 he has been creating his own choreographies.