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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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After the public and critical success of The Firebird_, Stravinsky became the star composer of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, which eventually lead to the creation of the famous Rite of Spring_, 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.

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