Return to Russe: Today's Top Dancers Perform Ballets From the Legendary Ballets Russes
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Boca Ballet Theatre’s 2013 performance of The Rite of Spring is especially invigorating, as it celebrates the ballet’s 100th anniversary. Originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky in 1913 for the Ballets Russes, The Rite of Spring was set to an avante garde score by Stravinsky – a collaboration that created a huge sensation, along with all of The Ballets Russes’ productions that contributed to an important transition in the world of performing dance.
The Ballets Russes, conceived by Sergei Diaghilev in Paris in 1909, is widely considered the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. The itinerant company performed throughout Europe and the United States from 1909 to 1929, promoting ground-breaking artistic collaborations between choreographers, composers, designers, and dancers, all at the forefront of their several fields. The authentic productions, paired with the era’s progressively liberal artistic feel, helped transcend the art form of ballet beyond its classical, romantic roots, beyond France and toward the rest of the world. _
The Afternoon of a Faun_, choreographed by Nijinsky in 1912, is considered one of the first modern ballets, with its unique, two dimensional style, and content that was controversial for its time period. The Afternoon of a Faun represents the transition from ballet’s romantic, classical era to the more contemporary concept of ballet.
Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides also represents the transition from the past conservative eras of dance to the more liberal present style, choreographed with a romantic foundation. Fokine’s Les Sylphides is a short, non-narrative ballet, as opposed to the classical story ballets from the previous decades.
In addition to the dynamic choreography, The Ballets Russes’ unique use of scores, sets and costumes created a dramatic mood and atmosphere, which is especially apparent in Le Spectre de la Rose, Michel Fokine’s dramatic collaboration with Stravinsky from 1911. This ballet was on the program the night that Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring premiered in 1913.
Boca Ballet Theatre’s Return to Russe is a unique chance to take a journey back to the most enchanting era of dance, with an electric and exuberant feel.