A melancholy love duet
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.