Dutch National Ballet presents

Stravinsky’s Masterpieces Michel Fokine, Krzysztof Pastor, Shen Wei

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02 Jun 12:00



Duration 2:30

During the Holland Festival 2021 we will round off our Stravinsky Year with Stravinsky’s Masterpieces: three enthralling choreographies by Michael Fokine, Krzysztof Pastor and Shen Wei. Exclusively for this programme, Dutch National Ballet will join forces with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which will perform all three compositions under the baton of the Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno.

Sacre du Printemps - Shen Wei 2013
Sacre du Printemps - Shen Wei 2013
Sacre du Printemps - Shen Wei 2013

Stravinsky and Les Ballets Russes

Stravinsky was one of the most important protégés of Serge Diaghilev, the legendary leader of Les Ballets Russes (1909-1929). In the first years of the company, the composer successively wrote L'Oiseau de feu, Petrushka and Le sacre du printemps, three pieces of music that have determined ballet history and that come together in this special Holland Festival programme.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has been a world class ensemble for 130 years. The orchestra currently employs 120 musicians of some 25 different nationalities. Critics praise the orchestra’s extraordinary sound, which stands out among all others.


    Mon 20 Jan Sacre du Printemps - Financial Times

    But that’s what Shen Wei has accomplished: never, in my experience, has a Rite so fully realised Stravinsky’s maverick score.

    Mon 20 Jan de Volkskrant over Sacre du Printemps

    [...] Sacre du Printemps van Shen Wei eist van de dansers juist een ingetogen virtuositeit en organische flow [...]


‘Original’ version of L’Oiseau de feu
We present in Stravinsky’s Masterpieces the ‘original’ version of L’Oiseau de feu by Michel Fokine, the Russian choreographer widely regarded as the founder of modern ballet. Fokine based his Firebird on Russian folk tales, producing a magical ballet fairy tale about a firebird that rescues a prince and his beloved from the clutches of an evil sorcerer.

World premiere
Dutch National Ballet also presents a completely new, one-of-a-kind Petrushka by the Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor. Petrushka is one of three carnival puppets brought to life by a manipulative magician. The sensitive, powerless Petrushka  succeeds in standing up for himself in the end, as a symbol of resistance to repression.

Le sacre du printemps
The 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps incited a veritable riot: the audience was so shocked that they came to blows. Ever since, many renowned choreographers have tackled Stravinsky’s score. Precisely a century aft er that infamous premiere, the Chinese- American multi-disciplinary artist Shen Wei created for Dutch National Ballet a Sacre that combines modern dance with Chinese traditions. In a uniquely organic dance language, all movements are linked to one another in continuous circles.

L’Oiseau de feu
Michel Fokine

Krzysztof Pastor

Le sacre du printemps
Shen Wei

Music of all choreographies: 
Igor Stravinsky


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

led by Gustavo Gimeno

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is counted among the world's leading orchestras. It is known for its unique sound and stylistic flexibility and works with leading composers and conductors. Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky have conducted the orchestra more than once. Sine its foundation in 1888, there have only been seven chief conductors: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and Daniele Gatti. Currently, the position is vacant. The RCO Academy is a trainee programme for young, talented musicians. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will join us for La damnation de Faust in 2021.