Wings of wax

Jirí Kylián

Wings of Wax opens with a fascinating dramatic image: a bare tree, hanging crown downwards with its roots in the air above the stage.

  • World premiere by: the Nederlands Dans Theater at Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag (Holland), January 23rd 1997
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatro Calderón, Valladolid (Spain), May 17th 2007

Around it a low -slung spotlight traces a huge circle. The dancers, in tight dark costumes, emerge out of the black background, only to be absorbed back into it again. Jirí Kylián has succeeded in creating a work of great beauty and expressiveness. He shows he can do magic with movements. Never predictable, never forced, his movements are nevertheless so complicated that the eye can hardly follow all that is happening.


  • Choreography:
    Jirí Kylián
  • Music:
    Heinrich von Biber (Mystery Sonatas -Passacaglia for solo violin- (1676); John Cage Meditation Music – Prelude for Meditation for prepared piano- (1946/48) (Edition Peters, London); Philip Glass, String Quartet no 5 -Movement III- (1991), Johann Sebastian Bach, Variatio no. 25, Adagio, in g-minor, (arranged for string trio by Dimitri Sitkovetsky) from Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988 (1742).
  • Staging:
    Roslyn Anderson
  • Set and Lighting Design :
    Michael Simon
  • Costume Design:
    Joke Visser
  • Technical adaptation - lighs:
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Running time:
    24 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    África Guzmán, Dimo Kirilov, Luisa María Arias, Fabrice Edelmann, Yolanda Martín, Francisco Lorenzo, Tamako Akiyama, Swee Boon Kuik