In residency in October from 1 to 5, 2013
In 2013 we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Stravinsky’s music is often played, but Nijinsky’s choreography has completely disappeared, as it was neither recorded nor notated. But there are more than two hundred choreographed versions of the work in existence today.
Dominique Brun starts with this contradiction – the disappearance of the work itself and the proliferation of its many versions – working with it to draw out an astonishing creative vitality, somewhere between version and reconstruction.
Because Sacre #197 is indeed a creation (perhaps it is the 197th version?) borrowing its language from the historic reconstruction of the film Chanel & Stravinsky by Jan Kounen, which was made in 2010, also invites six dancer performers to invent solos based on a series of period drawings of the work. D. Brun creates dances likely to bring them all together, inspired by Afternoon of a Faun and the few archival images which we have from Sacre.
The work also proposes a complete re-discovery of Stravinsky’s glorious music, in a new composition by the musician Juan Pablo Carreño, sung onstage by a mezzo-soprano, accompanied by an electronic music track.