It is always a privilege to witness the creative process, especially when dealing with monumental scores like those of Stravinsky. For this four-part program, we have invited two choreographers who share decidedly contemporary visions, American Bridget Breiner and Frenchman Étienne Béchard, to revisit two great works, The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, respectively. The fact that such works still inspire young talent today, more than 100 years after they were created, speaks to their importance and timeless modernity.
Breiner, an award-winning choreographer whose innovative creations interweave classical and contemporary styles, says that she is “inspired by the choreographic codes of classical ballet” and seeks to understand how dance can evolve while staying true to its roots. It is a question that is central to her interpretation of Firebird. As for Béchard, a choreographer who developed his art under the benevolent supervision of Maurice Béjart, he finds his inspiration in the score’s contemporary feel: “it is still possible to talk about present-day issues with The Rite of Spring.” His version features a struggle between social classes, set in a world that could almost be described as post-apocalyptic. In fact, the sets for the performance’s two headline works tap into the wild abandon that runs through these musical masterpieces with their frenzied rhythms. A hundred years later, Stravinsky still fascinates us!
I invite you now to join me in exploring the worlds of these two young choreographers inspired by the timeless compositions of this great Russian composer.