Arts & Culture: Monaco joins with Cannes for second phase of centenary celebrations
Ballets Russes Act II announced
Monaco continues its centenary celebrations of the Ballets Russes company which a hundred years ago made such an impact on the dance scene from their base in the Principality. Led by Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev, the troupe broke new ground and turned the sleepy world of ballet on its head.
For Act II of the festivities Monaco’s Printemps des Arts music festival is working with Cannes to pay tribute to Diaghilev on Monday 5th April 2010. In a coproduction between the Ballets de Monte-Carlo company and the Rosella Hightower Dance School in Cannes, four composers and choreographers will put on a show at 6pm in the Théâtre Croisette just off the famous Croisette.
Morton Feldman, Sébastien Gaxie, Jacques Lenot and Colin Roche will be working on the scores with dance moves by Eliezer DiBritto, Julien Guérin, Gaëtan Morlotti and Bruno Roque. The musicians charged with interpreting the new works are the Ensemble 2E2M conducted by Mark Foster.
On a purely musical note at the Printemps festival in Monaco itself, three events celebrate music from the ballets which most symbolise the Russians' genius. On Sunday 28th March at 3pm in the Salle Garnier opera house, Stravinsky’s version for two pianos of his Rite of Spring will be performed by Peter Laul and Alexander Sandler.
At 4.30pm in the Troparium CCAM Emmanuel Hondré will be introducing works associated with the company (entrance is free but call +377 93 25 54 08 to reserve a seat), and at 6pm in the Auditorium Rainier III Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring will be performed in concert by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and the choirs of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo conducted by Yakov Kreizberg.
More about the Ballets Russes centenary can be found at: http://www.ballets-russes-monaco.com