Igor Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes

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In celebration of the Ballets Russes Paris tour in 1909, a wonderful Stravinsky night at the Mariinsky conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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Stravinsky & the Ballets Russes

In celebration of the Ballets Russes tour in Paris in 1909, a wonderful Stravinsky night at the Mariinsky (ex-Kirov) with the original Nijinsky version of the Rite of Spring for the first time on DVD and the Firebird both conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The Firebird is a Russian folk tale in two scenes commissioned to the young Stravinsky by Diaghilev and which premiered at the Paris Opera House in 1910. The ballet was an immediate success. The Ballets Russes allowed the choreographer Fokine to bring his enterprise the amount of novelty needed to captivate but not clash with the audience. It was a total success.

The premiere of The Rite of Spring at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, on may 1913 caused a true scandal. The audience was shocked by the primitive violence of the ballet. It was so radically rejected that the ballet was taken off after eight performances. Although long forgotten, thanks to the relentless work of Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky’s original choreography was recreated.

The Orchestra and Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre are conducted by Valery Gergiev.


Stravinsky & the Ballets Russes


Scenes from pagan Russia in two acts

Music : Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

The Chosen One : Alexandra Iosifidi
The 300-year old woman : Elena Bazhenova
Shaman : Vladimir Ponomarev

Choreography : Vaslav Nijinski (1913)

Scenography : Igor Stravinsky et Nicholas Roerich
Reconstruction & stage direction : Millicent Hodson
Sets & costumes after Nicholas Roerich
Reconstructed and supervised by Kenneth Archer
Lighting design : Vladimir Lukin


Russian fairytale in two acts

Music : Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

The Firebird : Ekaterina Kondaurova
Ivan Tsarevich : Ilya Kuznetsov
The Princess : Marianna Pavlova
Kachtchei the immortal : Vladimir Ponomarev

Choreography and libretto : Michel Fokine (1910)

Reconstruction : Isabelle Fokine, Andris Liepa
Sets & costumes : Anna et Anatoly Nezhny
After original sketches by Alexander Golovin, Léon Bakst & Michel Fokine

Mariinsky Orchestra & Ballet
Conductor : Valery Gergiev

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Technical informations

HD recording : Mariinsky Theatre| 06/2008
TV direction : Denis Caïozzi
Release date : 22 May 2009
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC041
Barcode : 3760115300415
Running time : 115 min.
Film : 85 min.
Bonus : Interviews with M. Hodson & K. Archer (30 min)
Subtitles : FR / ENG
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

: BAC441
Barcode : 3760115304413
Running time : 115 min.
Film : 85 min.
Bonus : Interviews with M. Hodson et K. Archer (30 min)
Subtitles : FR / ENG
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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