The Wedding | April 24-22, 2023
Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre
- Les Noces by Bronislava Nijinska
- In the Night by Jerome Robbins
- Light Rain by Gerald Arpino
Under Adam Sklute, Ballet West has become known for its reconstructions of legendary lost masterpieces – in particular, from Serge Diaghilev’s early 20th century French marvel of a company, Les Ballets Russes. Now, that exploration continues with the 100th anniversary presentation of the groundbreaking Les Noces, or The Wedding.
In 1923 Polish choreographer Bronislava Nijinska, the sister of famed Ukrainian born Vaslav Nijinsky, was commissioned by Diaghilev to collaborate with composer, Igor Stravinsky, and Avant Guard scenic designer Natalia Goncharova on this powerful dance oratorio for 40 dancers, a chorus of 40 singers, four soloists, percussion, and four grand pianos.
All three artists revolutionized the French art scene of the early 20th century with their startling vision of a Slavic peasant wedding that chronicles the events from the symbolic cutting of the bride’s hair to the terror of the young groom, the mourning of the groom’s mother, and the raucous celebration of the village. An unprecedented early collaboration between two women artists along with the world’s foremost modern music visionary has inspired countless artists, including composer Carl Orff when he created Carmina Burana.
Jerome Robbin’s intimate, mini-masterwork In the Night (Ballet West premiere) is set to Frederick Chopin’s exquisite Nocturnes for solo-piano. Robbins ingeniously explores phases of love and relationships for three couples.
The 1981 celebration of youth and passion Light Rain (Ballet West premiere)is rarely seen in its entirety. The work was inspired by its fascinating unconventional score composed by Douglas Adamz and Russ Gauthier that fuses Eastern and Western musical elements and instrumentation.
Created by Gerald Arpino, co-founder of The Joffrey Ballet, this sexy, sleek and shimmering work was a mainstay of The Joffrey’s repertoire and always sent audiences home happy. With this production Ballet West joins companies around the country to celebrate the centennial of Arpino’s birth.