20th Belgrade Dance Festival

Ballet Dortmund / Lucia Lacarra & Matthew Golding

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In the Still of the Night

choreography, film direction: Matthew Golding
concept, direction: Lucía Lacarra and Matthew Golding
music: Five Satins, Philip Glass, Ben E. King & The Drifters, Edith Piaf, Max Richter, Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes
camera, screening: Valeria Rebeck, The Black Cactus

duration: 60’
premiere: Theater Dortmund, 2021.

production: Lucía Lacarra, Goldenlac Producciones y Espectáculos

dancers: Lucía Lacarra and Matthew Golding

A nocturnal journey with the world dance stars Lucia Lacarra and Matthew Golding, in which the present and the past intertwine, telling us a story where the emotional hiding places of two people are illuminated from a wide variety of perspectives. The purest dance and the cinematographic reflection takes us into this beautiful story, accompanied musically by great hits from the 60s and 70s, with costumes inspired by the aesthetics of these decades. All these elements will make “In the Still of the Night” remind us of film classics like “Grease”…

Born in the Basque town of Zumaia, Lucia Lacarra was interested in dance from an early age but only received training from the age of 10 when a ballet school opened in her home town. After participating in a summer course run by Rosella Hightower, she studied for three years in San Sebastián before attending Víctor Ullate's school in Madrid. She soon became a member of Ballet de Victor Ullate, dancing George Balanchine's “Allegro Brillante” when she was 15, as well as other abstract ballets. After four seasons with Ullate, she moved to Roland Petit's Ballet de Marseille as a principal dancer. In 1997, she joined the San Francisco Ballet where she performed in various classical and contemporary works. In 2002, she became a principal with the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich. The same year, Lacarra received the Nijinsky Award. In 2003, at a gala in Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre she was awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse as best female dancer for her role of Tatiana in Cranko's  “Onegin”. In 2011, at the World Ballet Stars Gala in St Petersburg, she was named the Dancer of the Decade.

Matthew Golding was born in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, where he started dancing at age eight. He began his professional ballet training at 14, at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, then moved on to the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, where he studied on a full scholarship for two years. At 16, Golding received the prestigious Prix de Lausanne, which gave him the opportunity to study at The Royal Ballet School in London, where he graduated with honors. Golding also won the Youth America Grand Prix in New York in 2002. Golding joined ABT's Studio Company in September 2003 and the main company in April 2004. He joined the Royal Ballet as a Principal Dancer in February 2014, but left the company in 2017. Since then, Golding has been a guest artist with the Hong Kong Ballet.


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