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ballet L'Enfant et les sortilèges by Jiří Kylián, music by Ravel Nederlands Dans Theater

Nederlands Dans Theater

L'Enfant et les sortilèges by Jiří Kylián, music by Ravel Nederlands Dans Theater


Ravel and Colette's fairy ballet choreographed and designed by Jiří Kylián.

A seven year-old boy, grumpy and unwilling to do his homework, is scolded by his mother. In an outburst of anger, the young boy takes it out on every object around: a tea pot, a kettle, a book, a clock... until he slumps on an old armchair, worn-out. Suddenly, fantastic events happen. Objects come to life, animals start to chat, and they all plot revenge. Terrified, the young boy calls his mum, but gets no response. The creatures rush at the young boy. However a squirrel, hurt in the battle, is rescued by the child. Full of regrets, the creatures cease to torment the young boy, and forgive him for his past wrongdoings.

An atypical piece in Ravel's repertoire, L'Enfant et les sortilèges combines the waltz with the ragtime, a ballet with lyrical arias, a classical orchestra with wood-blocks. Supported by Ravel's orchestration genius, L'Enfant et les sortilèges explores the fairy world of childhood, its enchantment, its invitation to discover beyond the reality an infinite efflorescence of fantastic wonders.


  • Jiří Kylián | Choreographer, Stage director
  • Marly Knoben | Child
  • Roslyn Anderson | Mother
  • Stephen Sheriff | Easy-chair
  • Leigh Matthews | Arm-chairr
  • James Vincent | Grandfather clock


  • Maurice Ravel / Jiří Kylián, L'Enfant et les sortilèges
    • I: "J'ai pas envie de faire ma page" (l'Enfant)
    • I: "Bébé a été sage?" (Mama)
    • I: "Ca m'est égal" (l'Enfant)
    • I: "Votre serviteur, humbe Bergère" (le Fauteil, la Bergère)
    • I: "Ding, ding, ding, ding" (l'Horloge, l'Enfant)
    • I: "How's your mug?" (la Tasse de Thé, la Tasse chinoise)
    • I: "Keng-ca-fou, Mah-jong" (la Tasse chinoise, la Tasse de Thé)
    • I: "Oh! Ma belle tasse chinoise" (l'Enfant)
    • I: "Arrière! Je réchauffe les bons" (le Feu, l'Enfant)
    • I: "Adieu, pastourelles" (les Bergers, les Bergères, un Berger, une Berger)
    • I: "Ah! C'est elle! C'est elle!" (l'Enfant, la Princesse)
    • I: "Toi, le cœur de la rose" (l'Enfant)
    • I: "Deux robinets coulent dans un réservoir" (l'Arithmeticien, l'Enfant, les Nombres)
    • I: "Oh! Ma tête! Ma tête!" (l'Enfant)
    • I: Musical duet of Mewings (le Chat noir, le Chat blanc)
    • II: Music of insects, of frogs, of toads (Chœur)
    • II: "Ah! Quelle joie de te retrouver, Jardin" (l'Enfant, l'Arbre, d'autres arbres)
    • II: "Où est tu? Je te cherche"
    • II: "Rends-la-moi" (La Chauve-souris, l'Enfant)
    • II: Danse des Rainettes
    • II: "Sauve-toi, sotte! Et la cage? La cage?" (l'Ecureuil, la Grenouille, l'Enfant)
    • II: "La cage, c'était pour mieux voir ta prestesse" (l'Enfant, l'Ecureuil)
    • II: "Ah! C'est l'enfant au couteau!" (les Bêtes, les Arbres)
    • II: "Il a pansé la plaie" (les Bêtes)
    • II: "Il est bon, l'enfant, il est sage" (les Bêtes, l'Enfant)


  • Directed by:
    • Hans Hulscher
  • Production date: 1986
  • Duration: 51 min
  • Production: © NOS / RM Arts
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