The Firebird is a ballet derived by Russian fairy tales and characters, bringing together the magic of the mythical Firebird and the darkness of Koschei the Deathless. Nicole Teague-Howell’s interpretation highlights the intense connections and emotions by focusing on aspects of humanity that are not always easy to face. The company’s outstanding ballerinas are also showcased here – the cast of 12 dancers is almost completely female.
The Rite of Spring (originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky and scored by Igor Stravinsky) stirred a riot at its 1913 premiere in Paris. Depicting various pagan rituals celebrating the start of spring, Timothy O’Donnell’s version will focus on sacrifice and the cycle of creation to destruction, love to loss and genius to madness.
Les Noces and Pulchinella will bring two pieces together into one unique work, following the heaviness of an arranged marriage between two Russian peasant families from the bride’s side and the light-heartedness from the groom and his groomsmen. Garrett Glassman’s work will bring to the stage a unique combination of theatrical work and comedy, showing that “dance can be fun and entertaining, and that it’s not just about tutus and tights.”