Falling Angels

Jirí Kylián

For Jirí Kylián, the fascinating aspect of Reich’s composition lies in his rhythmical structure, especially in the stylistic device called phasing. It creates a floating underground where the choreography is free to develop independently. Although Kylián customarily considers music as the primary source for his choreographies - meaning that he sets his work to an existing musical structure - with Drumming's piece he felt compelled to give unabridged priority to the dance. The result is an exciting and head-on flight of eight female dancers.

  • World premiere by: Nederlands Dans Theater at AT&T Danstheater, Den Haag (Holland), November 23rd 1989.
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatro Real, Madrid (Spain), May 25th 2004


  • Choreography:
    Jirí Kylián
  • Music:
    Steve Reich (1936). Drumming /Part 1
  • Staging:
    Roslyn Andersson
  • Set Design:
    Jirí Kylián
  • Costume Design:
    Joke Visser
  • Lighting Design:
    Joop Caboort
  • Running time:
    15 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Ana María López, Christelle Horna, Tamako Akiyama, Yolanda Martín, Nadja Sellrup, Liu Balocchi, Marina Jiménez, Luisa María Arias