* Co-production with the Ballet of the Maribor Slovene National Theatre
Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.
(T. Mann, Death in Venice)
The famous novella Death in Venice by the great German writer and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann was written in 1912. and tells the story of an established writer Aschenbach, who comes to Venice in the hopes of overcoming his writer's block. Aschenbach, who is entirely committed to the higher realms of art in line with the aesthetic views of the early 20th century, spends his time at the Venice Lido, where he is mesmerized by the beauty of a Polish boy. This is a story about an artist and the nature of life, a psychological examination of the role of longing for inspiration and of the lust for life of the modern artist. Can another person, who appears out of nowhere, dramatically change one's perception of oneself? In Mann's own words: Solitude is the ultimate illness of our generation.
This full-length ballet set to the music by Gustav Mahler is a new interpretation of Mann's masterpiece. The choreographer and director used the fact that Mann knew the composer whose work captures human emotions so well, which in turn inspired Mann to base his protagonist on Mahler.
U ovom je projektu svaki detalj promišljen i jasan, drama prezentna, plesnost vrhunska, a odabir glazbe prijanjajući uz svaki segment priče, legitimacija i svjedočanstvo talenta i naobrazbe Valentine Turcu.— Jutarnji list
Baletom 'Smrt u Veneciji' zagrebački HNK dobio je još jedan plesni hit, vrijedno, kvalitetno i uistinu lijepo umjetničko djelo, koje otvara i neka bolna i aktualna pitanja.— Tportal
Valentina Turcu je s ovom predstavom, sa sjajnim ansamblom stvorenim upravo na našoj pozornici ispisala još jednu sjajnu stranicu, sada već slobodno možemo reći, zlatnog razdoblja Baleta zagrebačkoga HNK.— Večernji list