The series 'Les Saisons Russes du XXIe Siècle' will include 'Le Coq D'or: The Golden Cockerel' which will be performed at the London Coliseum from the 8th to the 10th of July. This will be followed by 'The Diaghilev Festival of Ballet' which will be performed from the 11th to the 13th of July.
Les Saisons Russes du XX1 siécle returns to the London Coliseum with Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed masterpiece, Le Coq d’Or. This opera-ballet tells the story of a bumbling tsar who, fearing his country is facing attack from a beautiful queen, consults a magician. The magician gives him a golden cockerel that will help him defeat the queen in return of a favour in the future. Dire consequences ensue when the Tsar falls in love with queen and breaks his promise to the magician. This magnificent opera-ballet, based on the last fairytale by Alexander Pushkin, is performed in Russian with English surtitiles.
The Diaghilev Festival of Ballet
Furthermore 'Les Saisons Russes du XX1 siécle' present legendary works that honour the great Sergei Diaghilev. This spectacular programme features Petrushka, Chopiniana and Polovtsian Dances. Petrushka, set to Stravinsky’s score, tells a tale of three puppets brought to life during a St Petersburg Fair. Chopiniana conveys the mood of reverie and melancholy, between dream and reality, of a young poet in the world of the Sylphides to the music of Chopin. The Polovtsian Dances, a ballet excerpt from Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor, was one of the highlights of the first Ballets Russes Paris season making its 1909 premiere at Theatre du Chatelet.