Following its triumphant Coliseum debut in 2011 and four successful seasons in Paris, Russian Seasons of XXI Century returns to London.
Programmes as follows
16th July at 7.30pm, 17th July at 7.30pm:-Cleopatra–Ida Rubinstein, Le Spectre de la Rose, The Firebird
17th July at 2.00pm:- Chopiniana, The Firebird
18th July at 7.30pm: 19th July at 7.30pm:- Cleopatra–Ida Rubinstein, Scheherazade
20th July at 2.30pm & 7.30pm:- Cleopatra–Ida Rubinstein, Chopiniana, Polovetsian Dances
About the ballets:-
Cleopatra - Ida Rubenstein: An original idea by Andris Liepa this exquisite production recounts the story of the creation of Fokine’s ballet Cleopatra, for Ida Rubinstein in 1909. Choreographer Patrick de Bana makes some great choreography in this new ballet, and has chosen music by composers including Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel and the wonderful music of new composer Omar Faruk Tekbilek. The world premiere was staged on 28th June 2012 at Paris Champs-Elysees Theatre to press reviews of ‘beautiful’ ‘interesting’ ‘wonderful’ ‘great work in the choreography’ ‘a real study of Egyptian style’.
Le Spectre de la Rose: A young girl returns exhausted from her first ball. Falling asleep in her chair she dreams the rose in her hand is dancing with her. When this dance partner disappears through the window, she awakens, still under the spell of her dream. Danced to Carl von Weber’s Invitation to the Ball, it was first presented by Ballets Russes at the Theatre de Monte Carlo in April 1911 with Karsavina and Nijinsky in the main roles.
The Firebird: Based on the Russian folk tale of the Firebird... the mythical character who protects Prince Ivan, the hero of the tale. Originally created for Tamara Karsavina and choreographed by Michel Fokine. It was Stravinsky’s breakthrough work of 1910.
Scheherazade: Inspired by the book The Arabian Nights, Schéhérazade is the tragic story of a Sultan, his favourite Zabeida and her lover the Golden Slave. The ballet caused controversy at Paris Garnier in 1910 when the new arrangement of the original score was denounced by Rimsky-Korsakov’s widow. The Bakst designs created a sensation in the Paris world of fashion.
Chopiniana: In 1909 Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, and Vaslav Nijinsky conquered Paris in this Romantic one-act ballet then entitled Les Sylphides. Consisting of four scenes to the music of a polonaise, nocturne, mazurka and tarantella by Glazunov, the ballet has no plot, but conveys the mood of reverie and melancholy between dream and reality of a young poet in the world of the Sylphides.
Polovetsian Dances: The Polovetsian Dances, a ballet excerpt from Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor, was one of the highlights of the first Ballets Russes Paris season making its 1909 premiere at Theatre du Chatelet. A one-act ballet choreographed by Michel Fokine, slave-girls and warriors perform the celebratory dances of Khan Konchak’s nomadic tribe.