Of course it’s sacrilege to start decorating your tree before Saint Nicolas has done his round, but there’s no denying Christmas is on its way. Here some seasonal treats at BOZAR to get you in the mood.
Orchestra and ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine
Once seen as kitsch, this passionate ballet has for some reason been surfing the zeitgeist recently. Think of Matthew Bourne’s popular all-male retelling or Darren Aronovsky trashy thriller Black Swan. BOZAR sees the swan of ballet superstar Maria Alexandrova, who left the Bolshoi in last February after an astonishing 19 years there.
Belgian National Orchestra
Even more Christmassy than dying swans: dancing toys. The Belgian National Orchestra treats us to the world famous melodies of Tchaikovky’s Christmas ballet, during their official Christmas Concert. With the help of the children’s choir of the Vlaamse Opera and sand artist Kseniya Simonova. Don’t know her? Then you obviously haven’t watched Ukraine’s Got Talent 2009, which she won.
A SMALL ACT
Ever heard of the butterfly effect? Well what if one small random act of generosity from a Swedish woman can create a whole movement in Kenya? Bring your hankies for this inspiring, Emmy nominated documentary, screened for free for Human Rights Day 2017.
Bach’s Magnificat, arguably his most gorgeous choral work, had its premiere on Christmas Day 1723. It will be performed on 21 December (close enough) by Vox Luminus, known for their razor-sharp precision, who strike a perfect balance between beauty of sound and power of expression.
VESPRO DELLA BEATA VERGINE
Balthasar-Neumann-Chor & Ensemble
Revolutionary composer Claudio Monteverdi celebrates his 450th birthday. And with the Virgin Mary taking a not unimportant role in the Christmas story, this is also a proper musical Christmas treat: a true masterpiece combining voices, instruments and emotions.