Le Sacre du Printemps
Captivated by the gestures of the conductor at a rehearsal of The Rite of Spring with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Xavier Le Roy decided to carefully study this great classical masterpiece. With no particular musical background, nevertheless he attempted to observe the conductor’s performance as a choreography in itself. Thus the gestures appeared to him as producing the music as well as the music producing the gestures. Which is the one preceded by the other and vice versa ? When does one play and when is one actually played by the music ?
Double bill with 'Prélude à la Mer' by Thierry De Mey
Your ticket gives you free entrance to Prélude à la Mer, a dance film by Thierry De Mey shown at 10pm. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's made a choreography inspired on Nijinsky’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, on Claude Debussy's music.
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On Nijinsky: 6/2, 19:30: Lecture by Christel Stalpaert (Ghent University) on Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950), the Russian dancer and choreographer who created trail-blazing choreographic works to Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (which inspired this evening’s piece by Xavier Le Roy) and Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (the music in the film by Thierry De Mey’s we are showing this evening, for which Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker created the choreography, also inspired by Nijinsky). In English; free admission.
concept, performance Xavier Le Roy | music Igor Stravinsky | sound design Peter Böhm | recording Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle | collaborators Berno Polzer, Bojana Cvejić | management/organization Alexandra Wellensiek | production in situ productions (D), Le Kwatt (F) | co-production Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon (Xavier Le Roy Associated Artist 2007/08), Les Subsistances / Residence (Lyon), Tanz im August / Internationales Tanzfest 2007 (Berlin), PACT Zollverein Choreographisches Zentrum NRW (Essen) | supported by the national performance network with funding provided by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as part of its project Dance Plan Germany