Four cellos, four dancers, no scenery - just a white cloth separating two worlds. I, basically the admirer of the plot ballet, felt a sudden urge to create an abstract performance.
Ad Mass's music never failed to inspire me throughout the rehearsing period, cloaking me in images, fantasies and emotions. Although I do not know the composer personally, by the end of the work I felt as if we had been acquainted for decades
The one-act ballet "Quartet-a-tête" was staged at the request of the Eindhoven "Park Theatre" and set to the music by the Dutch composer AD Maas who created a quartet for four cellos specially for the choreographer Radu Poklitaru and the theatre's cast. The music, marvelously combining tunefulness and the sharp modern character of sounding, formed the basis for the choreographic parable for four dancers. The absence of a clear-cut story is not an impediment - it rather helps to reveal the relationship between the characters. Psychological nuances and stage effects never used previously on the national ballet stage are the main distinctive features of the performance, having no counterparts in the theatre's repertoire.
Premiered on the stage on June 24, 26. 2010