Les Noces (The Wedding)

Overview

Choreography - Bronislava Nijinska

Having performed Vaslav Nijinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps in their Winter Program, it is particularly appropriate for The Joffrey Ballet to be presenting Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces  in the Spring Program as she was the sister of the legendary dancer/choreographer.

Nijinska was born in Russia in 1891 and studied ballet at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg.  Both she and her brother were members of the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, joining the company in 1909 for its opening season in Paris.  During WWI, Bronislava took a leave of absence from the company.  Living in Kiev, she started to choreograph and opened her own school.

Synopsis

Village Wedding Rituals

This ballet in four scenes depicts a Russian Peasant wedding at the beginning of the Christian era, when the pagan rituals were still retained as family traditions.

First Tableau: Benediction of the Bride

While friends braid her hair, the young Bride laments the uncertainty of her arranged marriage.  Though the maidens try to comfort her, the Bride sobs with fear.  Her parents bless her.

Second Tableau: Benediction of the Bridegroom

In the company of friends, the Bridegroom celebrates prior to his wedding day.  His Parents bless him.

Third Tableau: Departure of the Bride from the Parental Home

The Bride is escorted from her parents' home by her friends and by four matchmakers.  The Bride's mother laments the loss of her child.

Fourth Tableau: The Wedding Feast

Inside the "izba" the newlyweds bid farewell to their parents in their new home.  Villagers and guests celebrate the wedding feast.  The Bridegroom promises the Bride a life of happiness.

 

Words and Music - Igor Stravinsky

Lighting Design - Kevin Dreyer based on Thoman Skelton's original designs

Scenery and Costume Design - Nathalie Gontcharova

 

WORLD PREMIERE: June 13, 1923, Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Thѐâtre Gaite-Lyrique, Paris, France

JOFFREY PREMIERE: October 6, 1989, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Performed in - 2003 (The Diaghilev Dynasty), 2009 (Spring Program)

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Choreography - Bronislava Nijinska

Having performed Vaslav Nijinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps in their Winter Program, it is particularly appropriate for The Joffrey Ballet to be presenting Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces  in the Spring Program as she was the sister of the legendary dancer/choreographer.

Nijinska was born in Russia in 1891 and studied ballet at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg.  Both she and her brother were members of the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, joining the company in 1909 for its opening season in Paris.  During WWI, Bronislava took a leave of absence from the company.  Living in Kiev, she started to choreograph and opened her own school.

Synopsis

Village Wedding Rituals

This ballet in four scenes depicts a Russian Peasant wedding at the beginning of the Christian era, when the pagan rituals were still retained as family traditions.

First Tableau: Benediction of the Bride

While friends braid her hair, the young Bride laments the uncertainty of her arranged marriage.  Though the maidens try to comfort her, the Bride sobs with fear.  Her parents bless her.

Second Tableau: Benediction of the Bridegroom

In the company of friends, the Bridegroom celebrates prior to his wedding day.  His Parents bless him.

Third Tableau: Departure of the Bride from the Parental Home

The Bride is escorted from her parents' home by her friends and by four matchmakers.  The Bride's mother laments the loss of her child.

Fourth Tableau: The Wedding Feast

Inside the "izba" the newlyweds bid farewell to their parents in their new home.  Villagers and guests celebrate the wedding feast.  The Bridegroom promises the Bride a life of happiness.

 

Words and Music - Igor Stravinsky

Lighting Design - Kevin Dreyer based on Thoman Skelton's original designs

Scenery and Costume Design - Nathalie Gontcharova

 

WORLD PREMIERE: June 13, 1923, Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Thѐâtre Gaite-Lyrique, Paris, France

JOFFREY PREMIERE: October 6, 1989, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Performed in - 2003 (The Diaghilev Dynasty), 2009 (Spring Program)