THEIR FIRST EVER COLLABORATION
Leeds-based companies Phoenix Dance Theatre and Opera North are to collaborate for the first time to present a re-working of the iconic ballet The Rite of Spring.
The 20th century piece, set to Igor Stravinsky’s ground-breaking score, will open at Leeds Grand Theatre in February 2019.
The 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring almost caused a riot as unconventional choreography and shockingly dissonant music provoked anger from the Parisian audience.
It’s an another ‘first’, internationally-acclaimed Haitian Choreographer, Jeanguy SAINTUS, is to rework the piece – it will be his UK choreography debut.
The newly choreographed version of this era-defining work will be performed by Phoenix’s ensemble and the Orchestra of Opera North, led by conductor Garry Walker, playing the unmistakable modernist score. It will be presented in a double-bill with Puccini’s short comic opera Gianni Schicchi, at Leeds Grand Theatre on 16, 23, 38 February and Saturday 2 March
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Rehearsal Picture by Jack Thomson