The Firebird & Mixed Repertoire Ballet from Festival Ballet Theatre
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Although a flute, harp and viola combination may seem odd at first, no other trio proves as enchanting or evocative -- a discovery made by Claude Debussy who wrote one of his best pieces for just such a grouping. Combining the dreaminess of the harp with the emotional precision of the viola and the high notes of the flute, the Myriad Trio has a range of feeling few other ensembles of any size can match. Formed by principal players of the San Diego and Dallas Symphonies, the trio plays traditional pieces as well as world premieres they commission themselves, such as David Bruce's The Eye of Night. During their concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, they will play Bruce's piece in addition to stirring works by Respighi, Natra, Bach and Debussy. Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
- After the public and critical success of <em>The Firebird</em>, Stravinsky became the star composer of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, which eventually lead to the creation of the famous <em>Rite of Spring</em>, which caused a riot in the theater during its premiere in 1913.
The Firebird is a 1910 one-act ballet originally choreographed by Michel Fokine with music by Igor Stravinsky. It is based on Russian folk tales of the magical glowing bird of the same name that is both a blessing and a curse to its captor. The ballet centers on the journey of Prince Ivan, who enters the magical realm of Kashchei the Immortal. While wandering in the gardens, he sees and chases the Firebird. The Firebird, once caught by Ivan, begs for its life and ultimately agrees to assist Ivan in exchange for eventual freedom. This production of The Firebird is choreographed by Nikolai Kabaniaev and features Jade Payette of Washington Ballet in the title role.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of The Firebird debut. The music premiered as a ballet by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris in 1910 and was conducted by Gabriel Pierne. This was the first of their productions that had music composed specifically for them. This ballet was not only Stravinsky’s breakthrough piece, but also the beginning of an artistic collaboration between Diaghilev and Stravinsky that would produce Petrushka and The Rite of Spring.
The program also features the Pas d’ Action from Laurencia, set by Yuri Fateyev, Acting Director of the Mariinsky Ballet. Laurencia premiered on March 22, 1939, and remains one of the most traditional of classical ballets.Laurencia is a two-act ballet that tells the story of a peasant revolution. The program includes two newly commissioned contemporary pieces choreographed by Molly Lynch and Viktor Plotnikov.