PETITE MORT. Jiří Kylián 1991
- Choreography: Jirí Kylián
- Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No.23 in A major K488: II Adagio and Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467: II. Andante
- Costumes: Joke Visser
- Set design: Jirí Kylián
- Lighting design: Joop Caboort
- Staging: Roslyn Anderson
- Duration: 19 minutes
- World premiere by Nederlands Dans Theater on August 23rd, 1991 at Salzburg Festival (Austria).
- Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza on November 16th, 1995 at Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander (Spain).
Jirí Kylián created this ballet specially for the Salzburg Festival on the second centenary of Mozart’s death. For his work he chose the slow movements of two of Mozart’s most beautiful and popular piano concertos. "This deliberate choice should not be seen as a provocation or thoughtlessness, rather as my way to acknowledging the fact that I am living and working as part of a world where nothing is sacred, where brutality and arbitrariness are common places. It should convey the idea of two antique torsos, heads and limbs cut off - evidence of intended mutilation - without being able to destroy their beauty reflecting the spiritual power of their creator".-Jirí Kylián-
The choreography includes six men, six women, and six fencing foils. The foils fulfil the function of actual dance partners, and at times seem more unruly and obstinate than a partner of flesh and blood. Their visualisation and symbolism have greater presence than a story line. Aggression, sexuality, energy, silence, senselessness and vulnerability; they all play a significant part. Petite mort, literally 'small death', is a reference to orgasm in some languages, including French and Arabic.