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Boléro / Le Sacre du printemps

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Friday 29 October 202119:00
Sunday 07 November 202114:00
Sunday 07 November 202120:00
Thursday 11 November 202119:00
Sunday 14 November 202113:00
Sunday 28 November 202120:00
Tuesday 30 November 202120:00
Friday 03 December 202119:00
Saturday 04 December 202119:00
Programme
Walking MadMusic: Various
Choreography: Johan Inger (Original)
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)Music: Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)
Choreography: Edward Clug
Performers
Ballett Zürich
Jonathan StockhammerDirector
Johan IngerSet Designer, Costume DesignerWalking Mad, Walking Mad
Erik BerglundLighting DesignerWalking Mad
Marko JapeljSet DesignerLe Sacre du printemps
Leo KulašCostume DesignerLe Sacre du printemps
Martin GebhardtLighting DesignerLe Sacre du printemps
Ballett Zürich Junior Company
Philharmonia Zürich

This production brings together Maurice Ravel’s Boléro and Le Sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky, presenting two spectacular French ballet scores from the first half of the 20th century.

With Le Sacre du printemps, a young Stravinsky charted completely new musical waters. Its premiere in Paris in 1913, performed by the legendary Ballets russes, set off one of the greatest theatrical scandals in history. This controversial material has proven irresistible to choreographers ever since. The depiction of a rite of spring in pre-Christian Russia culminates in an act of violence on stage. In an archaic ritual, a woman is sacrificed to the god of fertility in order to secure nature’s favor. Inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s original 1913 interpretation, Slovenian choreographer Edward Clug created his own contemporary approach for this production: by confronting the dancers in spectacular fashion with the element of water. In doing so, the focus of his interpretation becomes that of humankind as nature’s plaything.

Even more popular than Stravinsky’s work is Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, first brought to the stage by Bronislava Nijinska in Paris in 1928. Swedish choreographer Johan Inger chose Ravel’s maelstrom-like work for his Walking Mad, which was premiered by the Nederlands Dans Theater in 2001. With the stage adorned with nothing but a movable wooden fence, Clug creates a high-stakes interpersonal drama in which the dancers appear bizarre, surreal, or clown-like, their comedic goings-on progressing inexorably to the abyss.

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