Nijinska I Voilà la femme
From Stravinsky's Les Noces and Ravel's Bolero
Dominique Brun and her dance company Les Porteurs d’Ombre pay homage to Bronislava Nijinska, sister of the great dancer Nijinsky and the Ballets russes’ first and only female choreographer. In collaboration with her dancers and in the light of a new reading of archive material, she takes a fresh look at Les Noces and reinvents the Bolero in order to bring to our attention an inheritance which has languished for too long in the shadows.
Of all Stravinsky’s works, Les Noces has undergone the most transformations. The composer reworked the orchestration for nearly ten years and produced three versions. It is the little-known 1919 version which is performed here by the Ensemble Aedes and Les Siècles, directed by Mathieu Romano.
Reputedly the composer’s favourite version, it is scored for harmonium, two cimbaloms, pianola, chorus and four soloists, and is considered the best reflection of the prosody and the work’s folk spirit.
It is performed with Ravel’s Bolero in a new arrangement by Robin Melchior for five instruments and 16 voices, with choreography by Dominique Brun and François Chaignaud.
Igor STRAVINSKY Les Noces (1919 version)
with a choreography inspired by Bronislava Nijinska
Maurice RAVEL/Robin MELCHIOR (arr.) Un Bolero
THE PROGRAMME IS AVAILABLE AROUND LES NOCES WITHOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHY
1h10 with no interval
5 instrumentalists (1 harmonium, 2 cymbalums, 2 percussions)
1 pianola (either real or virtual with an audio system)
Conception Dominique Brun
Historical research Dominique Brun and Sophie Jacotot
Les Porteurs d’Ombre
Choreography Dominique Brun and François Chaignaud (Un Bolero)
Arrangement Robin Melchior (Un Bolero)
Mathieu Romano conductor
Costumes Marie Labarelle (Les Noces)
Romain Brau (Un Bolero)
Scenography Odile Blanchard – Atelier Devineau
Lighting design Philippe Gladieux
Sound Eric Aureau
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