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Igor Strawinsky • Le Sacre du printemps


  • 18 May 2013, 19:00
  • 19 May 2013, 15:00


IGOR STRAVINSKY Les Noces (The Wedding)
featuring the choreography of the world premiere (1923) by Bronislava Nijinska (1891-1972) with stage sets by Natalia Gontcharova (1881-1962)

IGOR STRAVINSKY Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
featuring the choreography of the world premiere (1913) by Vaslav Nijinsky (1889/90-1950) with stage sets by Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947)

IGOR STRAVINSKY L'Oiseau de feu (The Firebird)
featuring the choreography of the world premiere (1910) by Michel Fokin (1880-1942) with sets and costumes based on designs by M. Fokin, A. Golovin and L. Bakst


Intermission 1 after approx. 30 minutes
Intermission 2 after approx. 90 minutes
Duration of performance approx. 2 hours 45 minutes

Print programme (PDF)


Valery Gergiev, Conductor
Millicent Hodson, Reconstruction of Sacre du printemps
Kenneth Archer, Reconstruction of Sacre du printemps
Isabelle Fokine, Reconstruction of L'Oiseau de feu
Andris Liepa, Reconstruction of L'Oiseau de feu
Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Choir and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

Le Noce (The Wedding)

Maria Shevyakova, The bride
Ivan Sitnikov, The bridegroom
Soslan Kulaev, The father of the bride
Elena Bazhenova, The mother of the bride
Olga Balinskaya, The mother of the bridegroom
Anastasia Asaben, Ilya Petrov; Fedor Murashov, Alexey Nedviga; Tatiana Bazhitova, Anna Lavrinenko, Soloists 
Irina Vasilieva, Soprano
Olga Savova, Mezzo-soprano
Alexander Timchenko, Tenor
Gennady Bezzubenkov, Bass
Natalia Domskaya, Master
Sergei Babayan, Dmitry Levkovich, Marina Radiushina, Andrius Zlabys, Klavier
Andrey Khotin, Arseny Shuplyakov, Yuri Alexeev, Vladislav Ivanov, Evgeny Zhikalov, Mikhail Vedunkin, Drums
Chor des Mariinski-Theaters
Andrei Petrenko, Chorus Master

Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Daria Pavlenko, The chosen one
Elena Bashenova (18.5.), Liubov Kozharskaya (19.5.), The witch
Vladimir Ponomarev, The wise old man

L'Oiseau de feu (The Firebird)
Alexandra Iosifidi, The firebird
Alexander Romanchikov (18.5.), Ivan Sitnikov (19.5.), Iwan Zarewitsch
Ekaterina Mikhailovtseva, The beautiful Zarewna
Soslan Kulaev (18.5.), Vladimir Ponomarev (19.5.), Kaschtschej


A scenic performance of Sacre on its 100th birthday! – Even today, a confrontation with the folk-like freshness and beauty of the Ballets Russes is breathtaking, especially when performed by the Mariinsky Ballet, one of the cradles of classic ballet culture and successful all over the world for its championship of these Gesamtkunstwerke, encompassing trailblazing music, dance and painting.

One of the rare encounters with Vaslav Nijinsky’s original choreography for Le Sacre du printemps is especially touching in the archaic sets and costumes by Nicholas Roerich dominated by Fauvist colour combinations, which have been reconstructed by ballet historians Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer in painstaking detective work. We may no longer find it shocking when ballerinas drag their feet instead of balancing weightlessly on pointe, but the pull of the stylised round dances, the haunting beauty of individual scenes and the amazement at Nijinsky’s choreographic idiom, which has not lost any of its contemporary feel, continue to make unforgettable impressions.

While the gods of spring receive the sacrifice of a young girl in Le Sacre du printemps, a traditional Russian peasant wedding is the subject of Les Noces. However, the rhythmical, repetitive music, the formal lamenting chants and the strictness of the choreography are no less suggestive of a ritual sacrifice.