St Petersburg, Mariinsky II

Danses Сoncertantes (premiere)
 The Fairy's Kiss 


ballet set to music by Igor Stravinsky


Premiere: 17 November 2023, Rostov State Musical Theatre
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 15 June 2024

Running time: 25 minutes

Age category 6+


Music by Igor Stravinsky

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Production Choreography: Alexander Sergeev
Costume Designer: Leonid Alexeev
Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin
Lighting Adaptation for the historical stage of the Mariinsky Theatre by Alexander Naumov

Igor Stravinsky originally composed Danses concertantes for chamber orchestra without the intention of it being used for ballet. Despite its name suggesting choreography, Stravinsky himself declared, “Contrary to its choreographic title, Danses concertantes was not conceived with dance in mind.” Yet, only a week after its orchestral debut in 1942, he proposed that George Balanchine choreograph it. This proposal marked the beginning of the composition’s life on stage, now featuring dance interpretations by various choreographers.
Choreographer Alexander Sergeev comments on the essence of Danses concertantes, saying, “For me Danses concertantes is about competition – the word concerto derives from the Latin for ‘contest’. It embodies a competition among soloists, between the soloists and five couples, and dancers grappling with complex rhythms. Ultimately, it’s about competing with myself.” Sergeev intended to craft a spectacle driven solely by music, energy and choreography. However, during the staging rehearsals psychological elements and interpersonal dynamics began to emerge unexpectedly.

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