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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, The Firebird - Stravinksy and the Ballet Russes 100th Anniversary Collectors' Edition (Mariinsky Orchestra and Ballet / Valery Gergiev) DVD BOOK 
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In celebration of the creation of 'Le Sacre du printemps' in Paris in 1913, Bel Air present a new edition in a DVD-book of a wonderful Stravinsky night at the Mariinsky with the original Nijinsky version of the 'Rite of Spring' and 'The Firebird' both conducted by Valery Gergiev. The premiere of 'The Rite of Spring' at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Paris, on May 1913 caused a veritable scandal. The audience was shocked by the primitive violence of the ballet. It was so radically rejected that the ballet was taken off after eight performances. Although long forgotten, thanks to the relentless work of Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky s original choreography was recreated. 'The Firebird' is a Russian folk tale in two scenes commissioned from the young Stravinsky by Diaghilev and premiered at the Paris Opera House in 1910. The ballet was an immediate success. The Ballets Russes enabled the choreographer Fokine to bring to this enterprise the right amount of novelty needed to captivate but not alienate the audience. It was a total success. THE RITE OF SPRING choreography after Vaslav Nijinsky (1913), scenery, set, costumes: Igor Stravinsky and Nicholas Roerich, reconstructed and staged by Millicent Hodson, Kenneth Archer, lighting: Vladimir Lukin THE FIREBIRD choreography & libretto: Michel Fokine (1910), reconstruction: Isabelle Fokine, Andris Liepa, set and costume design: Anna and Anatoly Nezhny after original sketches by Alexander Golovin, Léon Bakst and Michel Fokine
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David Rilet, Poole, Dorset
Now, at the 100th anniversary of Le Sacre, my dream came true! All the pieces of the reconstruction puzzle have been unearthened by this diligent ballet dancing couple after decades of research and interviews, and the restaging was performed with the top-notch Mariinsky Orchestra with the even more perfect conductor Valéry Gergiev. All original costumes were re-created, the original choreography was performed, as well as the very first version of the music.
And to top it all off, it was recorded onto DVD and Blu-Ray!
It was quite emotional for me to watch this outstanding performance, to feel that I was witness as close as I could be to the very first staging, everything falling into place, a decades long quest and dream coming to a close!
And as if thát weren't enough, there's also the re-staging of the original performance of The Firebird!
Beyond words, filled with gratitude <3 <3 <3!!!
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