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Sunday 06 December 2009

Duke Of Yorks Screens The Ballets Russes Performing At The Paris Opera

Between 1909 and 1929, Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes was a powerhouse; a thrilling company at the absolute forefront of dance, music and design. With names such as Vaslav Nijinsky, Michel Fokine, Leon Bakst, Leonide Massime and many more.
Live Cinema Screening Of Four Essential Works

Diaghilev pushed the boundaries of tradition to break new ground, create worldwide stars and to ensure his company went down in the history books for all time.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ballets Russes CielEcran, Warner Bros. Pictures UK and Pathé Productions Ltd are to present a live cinema screening of four essential works being performed at the Paris Opera on Tuesday December 22nd at 6.30pm.

The four ballets will be screened in cinemas across the UK, including Duke of Yorks, Brighton, giving audiences the chance to enjoy first class ballet in HD on a wide screen for a fraction of the cost of a full price ballet ticket.

On December 22nd at 6.30pm cinema audiences will be able to see the following ballets broadcast LIVE from the Paris Opera:

LE TRICORNE (1919)

Diaghilev recognised that choreographer and dancer Léonide Massine had a particular talent for creating comical and highly original ballets. Le Tricorne (original Spanish title: El Sombrero de Tres Picos – The Three Cornered-Hat) is a ballet in one act composed by Manuel de Falla, designed by Pablo Picasso and first performed in 1919. Le Tricorne allies classicism, modernism and Spanish characteristics.


LE SPECTRE DE LA ROSE (1911)

Choreographed by the ground breaking Mikhaïl Fokine, and set to music by Carl Maria Von Weber, Le Spectre first burst onto the ballet scene in 1911 when Vaslav Nijinsky leapt onto the stage through a giant window and created a sensation.

Legend has it that women in the audience fainted with the excitement and men wondered how he could possibly jump so high. Léon Bakst"s beautiful sets and costumes added to the sensuality of the entire experience and Le Spectre has entered the ballet annals as one of the must-sees.


L"APRÈS MIDI D"UN FAUNE (1912)

L" après Midi d"un Faune is a short ballet, first performed in Paris in May 1912. Created by Vaslav Nijinsky with music by Claude Debussy and sets and costumes by Leon Bakst, it delivered another truly sensual – indeed, shocking – role for the 22 year old Nijinsky who danced the lead. The last scene, famously eloquent with unspoken desire, pushed the boundaries even further and delivered more than a frisson of excitement to audiences across Europe…


PÉTROUCHKA (1911)

Petrouchka is the story of a traditional Russian puppet who is made of straw but who comes to life and develops human emotions.
Created by Fokine with music by Igor Stravinsky and sets and costumes by Alexandre Benois, Petrouchka is not so much a fairy tale as a allegory of human foibles…created for Nijinsky, the ballet premiered in Paris in 1911.

These four ballets will be interpreted by Les Étoiles, les Premiers Danseurs, le Corps de Ballet, l" Orchestre de l"Opéra national de Paris and under the musical direction of Vello Pähn.


Cinema screenings all at 6.30pm on Tuesday December 22nd: Booking hotlines: Picturehouse: 0871 704 206: Tickets: Full/£20, Concs/£18, members/£17.50, kids/£5


by: Mike Cobley



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