Taken from the ballet Z/Na, Kaamos, commissioned by the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1995, “plunges the viewer into an explosive futuristic world in which the only points of reference are symbols, sounds, words and gestures that seem to come to us from long, long ago” (Voir). It joined the Grands Ballets repertoire and was staged in Montréal in 2005. Though in Finnish the word kaamos refers to the long nights of northern winters, Mr. Naharin was more interested in conveying the singular quality that objects take on in the darkness, where they suddenly appear foreign.
Performed to the music of Ivry Lider, Kaamos is “an apotheosis ... a harmony in black that plays on concealment and revelation. Faces and bodies are hidden then united in full light or revealed through transparency.”
Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
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