REACH THE POINT OF GREATEST SATISFACTION
Kansas City Ballet presents Bliss Point – find the greatest pleasures with ballets by Mark Morris, Jiří Kylián, and Alexander Ekman at the Kauffman Center
This mixed repertory production is an exciting combination of three unique contemporary dance pieces, each with its own distinctive style and message. The first piece, Sandpaper Ballet by Mark Morris, explores the relationship between movement and music, as the dancers gracefully move across the stage to a percussive score, creating a mesmerizing visual and auditory experience.
Next, Petite Mort by Jiří Kylián features twelve dancers performing to the music of Mozart, exploring themes of sexuality, death, and rebirth through a series of elegant and sensual movements.
Finally, Cacti by Alexander Ekman offers a playful and humorous take on contemporary dance, as the dancers interact with and manipulate large cacti on stage. The piece also features witty commentary and a self-awareness of the conventions of modern dance, making it a fun and refreshing addition to the program.
Together, these three pieces showcase the breadth and diversity of contemporary dance, offering a thrilling and thought-provoking evening of performance art.
A triple-bill of thrilling world-renowned ballets.
Bliss Point is a creative and intriguing production featuring three contemporary dance pieces. The term “bliss point” refers to the perfect balance of flavors that create the ideal taste experience, and the title of the production suggests that the performance aims to create a similarly perfect balance of movement, music, and themes. Additionally, the title has a sense of whimsy and playfulness, which is fitting for a production that includes the lighthearted and humorous Cacti by Alexander Ekman. Overall, Bliss Point captures the unique blend of styles and emotions that these three dance pieces bring together.
Meet the Dancers
Free for all ticketholders, arrive early and hear about the show you are about to see. Learn how music, special effects, and costumes all make magic on stage by attending the pre-curtain talk, Belger Footnotes, hosted by Artistic Director Devon Carney.
Held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts one hour prior to curtain. No reservation is necessary.
Dance Speaks: Bliss Point
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Frost Studio Theater | Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity
5:15-6 p.m. | Bliss Point Rehearsal
6-7 p.m. | Dance Speaks Panel
Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney and special guests Cacti ballet stager Ana Marie Lucaciu and Petite Mort ballet stager Elke Schepers invite Dance Speaks patrons to join them in an engaging conversation inspired by these two contemporary ballets. Get a sneak peek of Bliss Point rehearsal beforehand and gain information regarding the production. The program includes an audience Q and A. Tickets are only $12.
KCB Dancer Chat: Bliss Point
Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Virtual on Facebook LIVE
KC Ballet Dancer Chats, a FREE community engagement and education series, are designed to provide the broader public an opportunity to engage with and learn more about professional dancers from Kansas City Ballet. This Dancer Chat features three KCB company dancers chatting about their roles in KCB’s Spring Mixed Repertory production and sharing interesting aspects of their life journey and dance experiences. This relaxed, informal conversation will be moderated by a Kansas city community professionals. All Dancer Chats take place on Facebook LIVE.. www.facebook.com/kcballet