Commissioned in 1989 by Australia’s Sydney Dance Company and acquired by Les Grands Ballets in 2005, Arbos was enthusiastically received by Montréal audiences. For Mr. Naharin, Arbos is “a stone floating in the air” or “a space somewhere between heaven and hell, a sort of passageway to the place where wisdom dwells.” The piece unfolds to Arvo Pärt’s choral score, to which Mr. Naharin superbly harmonizes the movements of his dancers, garbed in long red skirts.
“Arbos reaches sublime heights without losing any of its humour or lucidity. This is where we see the considerable intelligence of Mr. Naharin, who is so apt at working with contrasts and reversals.”
Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
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