THe sleeping beauty

Winner of the FEDORA - Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The most sumptuous ballet, almost “The Ballet”: at its debut in St. Petersburg in 1890 (with the Italian Carlotta Brianza on stage in the role of Aurora).

The Sleeping Beauty witnesses the development of an exemplary collaboration between choreographer (Petipa), composer (Tchaikovsky) and the director of the Imperial Theatres Vsevolozhsky, who also created the costumes, to reveal to the eyes of the aristocracy of St. Petersburg the gilded and fabulous grandeur of the court of the Sun King.

Alexei Ratmansky, who has made the revival of the classics one of the cornerstones of his tireless creative work, had long waited to choreograph this ballet: For him, Tchaikovsky’s complex score and Petipa’s choreography are the quintessence of the harmony and magic of classical dance and the highest achievement of Russian classical art.

His new project will be revealed in 2015, with scenery and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Richard Hudson, based on the historic work of Léon Bakst for the legendary production of The Sleeping Beauty for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1921.

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Lead company:

Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy

Co-producing Partner:

American Ballet Theatre, New York, United States of America

Artistic Team: 

Alexei Ratmansky, Choreographer
Richard Hudson, Set and Costume Designer
James F. Ingalls, Lighting Designer

Opening Night: 

Date: 29 May 2015
City: New York
Country: United States of America

Date: 26 September 2015
Venue: Teatro alla Scala
City: Milan
Country: Italy

Date: 2 September 2016
Venue: Paris National Opera
City: Paris
Country: France
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Sound of Music

Winner of the FEDORA - Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

After a first wave of popularity in the 1910s, musical comedies experienced revivals both after the worldwide stock exchange crash of 1929 and, even more sharply, after World War II. They were antidotes to crisis – anchored in reality at the start before soaring off and giving ample scope to imagination. As an interdisciplinary art form, musical comedy combines music, song, dance and story-telling. We are charmed by its virtuosity and diverted by the constant changes of rhythm and genre, the fluctuation between real-world settings and timeless worlds of fantasy and fairy tales, between dialogue and song, day and night, resignation and hope. As bearers of simplified messages, musical comedies transport us to other worlds without complexity, easily consumable, easily imaginable; easy not to have to reflect too much.

This both enthusiastic and critical understanding of musical comedies is what the idea behind Sound of Music is based on. The aim is to give new life to the genre, a form of popular culture in the best sense of the word, and at the same time to galvanise the audience, to get people to ask themselves: What is actually being said behind all this show of glitter and songs? How is (superficial) beauty used as a propaganda tool? Am I prepared to see and hear what is behind the music?

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Lead company:

Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Co-producing Partner :

Théâtre Forum de Meyrin, Meyrin/Geneva, Switzerland
La Bâtie Festival de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, Nanterre, France
Dreams Come True, Geneva, Switzerland

Artistic Team : 

Yan Duyvendak, Artistic Director
Olivier Dubois, Director of Ballet du Nord/Choreographer
Michael Helland, Choreographer Repeater
Christophe Fiat, Author/Writer (Song Writer)
Andrea Cera, Musician Composer
Sylvie Kleiber, Scenographer
Nicolas Fleury, Costumes
Nicolas Cillins, Artistic Assistant

Opening Night: 

Date: 29 August 2015
Venue: Théâtre Forum de Meyrin & La Bâtie Festival de Genève
City: Geneva
Country: Switzerland

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