At the invitation of Les Grands Ballets, two young European choreographers are following in the footsteps of the greatest choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries by revisiting two of Stravinsky’s legendary compositions for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, which took Paris by storm just before the First World War.
Set to a dazzling score inspired by the Russian legend of The Firebird, American choreographer Bridget Breiner imagines an ode to hope, to inspiration and to faith in a new world.
Then, Étienne Béchard, formerly of the prestigious Béjart Ballet Lausanne, takes on the Rite of Spring, described by Stravinksy as a “great pagan ritual” echoing the awakening of the forces of nature. Through its unique rhythm, this seminal work of incomparable telluric richness propelled music and dance into the modern age. This feast of sounds and colours is a real breath of fresh air!
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THE RITE OF SPRING
"The circle of light which started with Symphony No. 7 burns even brighter with yet another double bill presenting two of Stravinsky's most moving pieces: The Firebird, a commission from American choreographer Bridget Breiner, and The Rite of Spring, a first creation for Les Grands Ballets by French choreographer Étienne Béchard."