Saisons Russes Du XX1e Siècle productions are some of the most beautiful presentations to be seen in Moscow, Paris and London. They return to the UK with three programmes of performances
Cleopatra – Ida Rubinstein
An original idea by Andris Liepa this exquisite production recounts the story of the creation of Fokine’s ballet Cleopatra, for Ida Rubinstein in 1909. Choreographer Patrick de Bana makes some great choreography in this new ballet, and has chosen music by composers including Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel and the wonderful music of new composer Omar Faruk Tekbilek. The world premiere was staged on 28th June 2012 at Paris Champs-Elysees Theatre to press reviews of ‘beautiful’ ‘interesting’ ‘wonderful’ ‘great work in the choreography’ ‘a real study of Egyptian style’.
Inspired by the book The Arabian Nights, Schéhérazade is the tragic story of a Sultan, his favourite Zabeida and her lover the Golden Slave. The ballet caused controversy at Paris Garnier in 1910 when the new arrangement of the original score was denounced by Rimsky-Korsakov’s widow. The Bakst designs created a sensation in the Paris world of fashion.