Le Sacre Du Printemps
Maybe, to speak of the end of the world is to speak of the need to imagine, rather than a new world to replace our present one, a new people, the people that is missing. A people who believes in the world, that it will have to create with whatever world we will have left them.
(Deborah Danowski and Eduardo Viveiros De Castro in ‘The Ends of the World’)
‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ is a landmark in music and choreographic history. In the beginning of the 20th century composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky premiered their groundbreaking work. Their tale about the celebration and sacrifice to the earth has since been inspiring many artists.
In the version choreographed by Vandevelde a bridge is built between the past and the future. In the first part Stravinsky’s music resonates through the theatre space. Pulled into the darkness of the stage images of celebration, sacrifice, vulnerability, despair and joy appear and disappear. As if travelling through a dreamlike environment of passed conceptions on human’s relationality to the environment. In the second part only bodies remain, contemporary sound now fills the space. In an intimate dance the performers explore each other’s limits, desires and physically engraved stories. They emerge as the ‘people that is missing’.
— PREMIERE: 9 March 2023, Theater Neumarkt, Zürich (CH)
Choreography: Michiel Vandevelde
Dance: David Attenberger, Brandy Butler
Artworks: Elen Braga
Scenography, light, video: Michiel Vandevelde
Dramaturgy: Eneas Prawdzic
Production: Theater Neumarkt (Zürich, CH)