Les Ballets Russes

Bronislawa Nijinska: Les Biches

Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Francis Poulenc and Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky

The Ballets Russes, a formation brought together by Serge Diaghilew in the early 19th century, truly crossed boundaries and reconciled the arts. Their productions were all at once: Ecstatic forays into the past, saturated with the lushest and most vibrant colours, indulging in excess, and of the strictest formal purity – in short, synonymous for avant-garde. After their triumphant first season in Paris in 1909, the Ballets Russes quickly took the world by storm. At the same time as this unique group made its first appearances in Germany, catapulting its audiences into a state of frenzy, Germany's own dance scene was celebrating equally revolutionary changes. The stylistic heterogeneity of the works by the Ballets Russes, the mysterious mixture of contemporaneity, opulence and exoticism has lost none of its fascination. In staging Les Ballets Russes, the Bavarian State Ballet stayed true to its commitment to critically engaging with works of the past.
Shéhérazade, a tragic tale of love, desire and death which seemed almost lost to posterity, was fastidiously reconstructed, as was Les Biches, a humourous episode set in the Côte d'Azur of the 1902s and exuding the charm, frivolity and eroticism.
Once upon an ever after – an evocative title derivative of fairytale syntax since time immemorial. Terence Kohler's choreography, set to Tschaikowky's – who else!? – "Pathétique", is a journey through dance history which redistributes and -interprets staple figures of classical Russian narrative ballet. Giselle and Albrecht are driven away by Rotbart, who is later barred from entering Auroras castle by briars… This to and fro, this flitting through narrative structures and plot lines is mirrored constantly and "ever after" in the artist rosalie's superb light-object stage design for Kohler's creation.



L'Après-midi d'un faune by Vaslav Nijinsky will be performed instead of Once Upon An Ever After.

 
 
Casts

L'Après-midi d'un faune

Licht Christian Kass
Choreographie Vaslav Nijinsky
Musik Claude Debussy
Bühne und Kostüm Léon Bakst

Les Biches



Musikalische Leitung N.N. (26.09.2014, 27.09.2014, 12.10.2014, 28.10.2014, 26.04.2015, 05.06.2015, 07.06.2015)
Valery Ovsianikov (12.10.2014, 28.10.2014, 26.04.2015, 05.06.2015, 07.06.2015)
Bühne und Kostüme Marie Laurencin
Choreographie Bronislawa Nijinska
Musik Francis Poulenc
Licht Christian Kass

Once Upon An Ever After



Musikalische Leitung Valery Ovsianikov (12.10.2014, 28.10.2014, 26.04.2015, 05.06.2015, 07.06.2015)
N.N. (12.10.2014, 28.10.2014, 26.04.2015, 05.06.2015, 07.06.2015)
Choreographie Terence Kohler
Musik Peter I. Tschaikowsky
Bühne, Kostüme und Lichtinstallation rosalie

Shéhérazade



Musikalische Leitung N.N. (26.09.2014, 27.09.2014, 12.10.2014, 28.10.2014, 26.04.2015, 05.06.2015, 07.06.2015)
Valery Ovsianikov (12.10.2014, 28.10.2014, 26.04.2015, 05.06.2015, 07.06.2015)
Choreographische Rekonstruktion Isabelle Fokine
Choreographie Mikhail Fokine
Bühne und Kostüme nach den Original-Entwürfen von Léon Bakst
Musik Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow
Realisierung Bühnenbild Ulrich Franz
Realisierung Kostüme Astrid Eisenberger
Licht Christian Kass



Soloists and corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet
Bayerisches Staatsorchester