By Mats Ek
Originally, under the title of Smoke, this ballet was created for the Swedish Television. In the autumn of 1996 it was awarded an Emmy (the television equivalent of the cinema's Oscar). "A chamber piece, wistfully blue, that winds its way into the recesses of the viewer's mind" wrote the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet of the TV ballet. The stage version, entitled Solo for Two, has been adapted and revamped by Mats Ek for the Cullberg Ballet. Solo for Two is a melancholy love duet to music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The two characters, the man and the woman, are each other's reflections.
Arvo Pärt (Für Alina, For Arinushka, Spiegel im Spiegel
The Cullberg Ballet (1996 - Sweden)
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (May 2003 - Place des Arts, Montréal)
Number of dancers 2 — Length 23 min.