Be immersed in two of Stravinsky's masterpieces dedicated to dance, showcasing choreography by George Balanchine and Pina Bausch with new works by Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara.
Presented for the first time on the stage of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris in 1913, Le Sacre du Printemps caused a sensational stir due to the avant-garde nature of its music and choreography. Pina Bausch's version is a pure burst of energy full of dancers on an earth‑covered stage engaging in an almost ritualistic dance. Agon was born from the collaboration between Stravinsky and Balanchine, and Esa‑Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto is commissioned for Teshigawara's work.
Approximate duration (min.): 130
Stravinsky, Igor Fyodorovich
Stravinsky, Igor Fyodorovich
The Rite of Spring
Program is subject to change
Cast / Production
Agon Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine
Création Music: Esa-Pekka Salonen, Violin Concerto
Choreography: Saburo Teshigawara
Violin: Akiko Suwanai
Scenography, costume and lighting design: Saburo Teshigawara
Le Sacre du printemps Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: Pina Bausch
Scenography, costume and lighting design: Rolf Borzic
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen (25, 26, 27, 28 of October), Benjamin Shwartz
Les Étoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Salonen, Esa-Pekka (Conductor)
Esa-Pekka Salonen (born June 30, 1958 in Helsinki) is a prominent Finnish orchestral conductor and composer. He is currently chief conductor and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the orchestra with which he made his US debut in 1984.
Salonen studied horn, conducting and composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. His first experience with conducting came in 1979 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, though he still thought of himself principally as a composer. In 1983, however, he undertook a performance of Mahler's third symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London at short notice, and it launched his career as a conductor. He was subsequently principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia from 1985 to 1994.
Principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1985 and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra since 1991, Salonen is renowned for his dedication to performing and recording contemporary music. His 1985 world premiere recording of Witold Lutosławski's Symphony No. 3 won the 1985 Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording.
As is apparent with his interpretations of such avant-garde works as Jan Sandström's Motorbike Concerto, Esa-Pekka Salonen voices a distaste for ideological and dogmatic approaches to composition and sees music creation as deeply physical. In the liner notes for Deutsche Grammophon's release of Wing On Wing, he is quoted saying, 'Musical expression is bodily expression, there is no abstract cerebral expression in my opinion. It all comes out of the body.' A recurring theme in his music is the fusion of our relationship between the mechanical and the organic.
Suwanai, Akiko (Soloist)
Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris (Orchestra)
Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris (Dance Company)