Notations I-IV Uwe Scholz
‘Notations I–IV’ is a soloist’s encounter with himself, reaching limits of one’s own body’s powers of expression and endurance, but also an exploration of how contemporary classical academic dance vocabulary can be. In all his virtuoso battements, acrobatic grands jetés and dizzying sequences of pirouettes it is as if the dancer is being energised by an invisible force. Only rarely is there any respite for listening to his own body. The exceptional Russian artist Vladimir Malakhov, for whom Uwe Scholz created this 13 minute solo to Pierre Boulez’ four orchestral pieces with the same title in 1996, admitted: “If you can dance ‘Notations’, then you can dance anything.”
With ‘Notations I–IV’ and ‘Siebte Sinfonie’ the Ballett am Rhein presents the work of the leading choreographer Uwe Scholtz again for the first time in many years in its programme b.43. Trained at John Cranko’s talent factory in Stuttgart, Scholtz became Director of the Zürich Ballet at the age of 26 and ran Leipzig Ballet from 1991 until his premature death in 2004.
MUSIC Notations I-IV for orchestra by Pierre Boulez