Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes

Igor Stravinsky

1h 15

In celebration of the venue of the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909, a wonderful Stravinsky night at the Mariinsky (ex-Kirov) with the original Nijinsky version of the Rite of Spring for the first time on DVD and the Firebird both conducted by Valery Gergiev.


The Firebird is a Russian folk tale in two scenes commissionned at the young Stravinsky by Diaghilev and premiered at the Paris Opera House in 1910. The ballet was an immediate success. The Ballets Russes enabled the choreographer Fokine could bring his enterprise the right amount of novelty needed to captivate but not clash with the audience.


The premiere of The Rite of Spring at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, on May 1913 caused a veritable scandal. The audience was shocked by the primitive violence of the ballet. It was so radically rejected that the ballet was taken off after eight perfomrances. Although long forgotten, thanks to the relentless work of Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky’s original choreography was recreated.


With the collaboration of Naxos

The Firebird

Russian fairy tale in two scenes

Music by Igor Stravinski

Choreography and libretto by Michel Folkine (1910)


The Rite of Spring

Scenes from pagan Russia in two parts

Music by Igor Stravinski

Choreography after Vaslav Nijinsky (1913)


Filmed live at the Mariinsky Theatre of Saint Petersburg in June 2008

Mariinsky Orchestra and Ballet


Artistic team

Conductor | Valery Gergiev

Choreographers | Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky


The Firebird

Reconstruction | Isabelle Fokine, Andris Liepa

Set and costumes designers | Anna and Anatoly Nezhny
, after the original sketches by Alexander Golovin, Léon Bakst and Michel Fokine


The Rite of Spring

Scene plan | Igor Stravinski y Nicholas Roerich

Reconstruction and staging | Millicent Hodson

Set and costumes designer | Nicholas Roerich 

Reconstruction and supervision | Kenneth Archer

Lighting designer | Vladimir Lukin



The Firebird

Firebird | Ekaterina Kondaurova

Ivan Tsarevich | Ilya Kuznetsov

The Princess of Great Beauty | Marianna Pavlova

Kashchei, the Immortal | Vladimir Ponomarev


The Rite of Spring

The chosen one | Alexandra Iosifidi

300-year-old woman | Elena Bazhenova

Shaman | Vladimir Ponomarev


Royal Opera House
Joby Talbot
Christopher Wheeldon, The Royal Ballet
E. Satie, I. Stravinski
Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky
Mariinsky Theatre
Various authors
Valery Gergiev, Alexeï Stepaniuk
Bolshoi Theatre
Piotr Illitch Tchaïkovski
Yuri Grigorovich, Bolshoi Ballet