Danse Russe, my latest operatic collaboration with Paul Moravec, opens in Philadelphia on April 28. It’s a backstage comedy about the making of The Rite of Spring (we call it a “vaudeville”) whose four characters are Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Diaghilev, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Pierre Monteux. If you’ve ever wondered how the greatest composer of the twentieth century might have done the old soft shoe, this is your chance to find out.
Commissioned by Philadelphia’s Center City Opera Theater, Danse Russe is part of a triple bill called “Rites, Rhythm…Riot!” that also includes the local premieres of Renard, a one-act opera by Stravinsky, and Ragtime, a newly choreographed version of Stravinsky’s 1918 homage to American popular music that will be performed by Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers.
You’ll only get three chances to see Danse Russe, twice in Philly and once in Camden, New Jersey, so you’d better make plans now if you don’t want to be left out in the cold. To buy tickets or find out more about the production, go here.