Tense, succinct story of pursuit, doubt and internal conflict, told in the universal language of dance, relatable across all time and space.
Stravinsky's 'Sacre du Printemps'
14th of July 2018 at St.Moritz, Switzerland for Origen Festival Cultural
The Japanese choreographer Yuka Oishi reinterprets Stravinskys infamous “Sacre du printemps” – the scandalous piece that was created by Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes in 1913. On stage there will be just one legendary dancer, Sergei Polunin. The Solo is inspired by Nijinskys demand for a “feeling, not thinking human”, by masterpieces of the Art Brut, by the essence of rebellion.
Yuka Oishi: “Nijinsky is a legendary ballet dancer and choreographer. When I heard the music of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, everything in the idea came together perfectly. What I tried to approach in this piece is humanity, not crazy madness. I wanted to work with light and shadow, fact and emotion, what we all have inside us.”
“The Rite of Spring” is a ballet and orchestral concert work by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company; the original choreography was by Vaslav Nijinsky with stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich. When first performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation and a near-riot in the audience.
Although designed as a work for the stage, with specific passages accompanying characters and action, the music achieved equal if not greater recognition as a concert piece and is widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.
Igor Stravinsky - a composer, pianist, and conductor, widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky’s compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Serge Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes: “The Firebird” (1910), “Petrushka” (1911), and “The Rite of Spring” (1913).
The last of these transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky’s enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design.
Vaslav Nijinsky, (born March 12 1890, Kiev, died April 8 - 1950, London), a Russian-born ballet dancer of legendary fame, celebrated for his spectacular leaps and sensitive interpretations. In 1909 he joined Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, and the company’s choreographer Michel Fokine created “Le Spectre de la rose”, “Petrushka”, “Schéhérazade”, and other ballets expressly for him.
In 1912 he began his career as a choreographer. He created the ballets “L’Après-midi d’un faune”, “Jeux”, and “Le Sacre du printemps” for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. “Till Eulenspiegel” was produced in the United States without Diaghilev’s personal supervision. His work in choreography was generally considered daringly original.
His jumps are characterized by enormous fervor andexplosive power. His mimicry is intense; he seems to be as much an actor as a dancer. It contributes to the story of destructive love, which he tells so visually.
“Sacre” is a tense, succinct story of pursuit, doubt and internal conflict, told in the universal language of dance, relatable across all time and space. The character’s persona is archaic and intimidating in nature, yet glorified, and is in constant dialogue with culture.
Once, “The Rite of Spring” shook the audience like a bombshell and signaled a new era in music history. Today, “Sacre” epitomizes a rebirth, heralding the evolution of ballet.
He folds his body in and out like the wind of a swallow. The music clears up as he stretches his legs and reaches with his chest to heaven. He lets go.
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