The Festival will re-create the artistic ambience of the Saison Russe in a modern context. Groningen will enjoy five days of opera, music and ballet performances of extremely high international quality. The festival will have an inspiring start with the world premiere of a new production of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Tsar's Bride.
Patron: Valery Gergiev
From 26 to 30 January 2005, the city of Groningen will be entirely devoted to the Diaghilev Festival. Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) was of major importance to the world of ballet, music, opera, and the visual arts. He is regarded as one of the greatest artistic innovators of the twentieth century. Diaghilev organized his first programme of Russian music in Paris, his first Saison Russe, in 1906.
The Diaghilev Festival will re-create the artistic ambience of the Saison Russe in a modern context. Groningen will enjoy five days of opera, music and ballet performances of extremely high international quality. The festival will have an inspiring start with the world premiÃ¨re of a new production of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Tsar's Bride. The Kirov Opera from Saint Petersburg, under the leadership of the renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, will present this opening act.
Ballet, opera, music
The unique programme offers five unforgettable days of ballet, opera, and music. Besides the above-menotioned opera, the Kirov will also present a ballet programme. The Royal Ballet from London will reanimate its classical Le Spectre de la Rose, and the Ballet de Bordeaux will certainly make an impact with its famous Picasso programme. The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago has prepared the classical ballets Le Sacre du Printemps and L'AprÃ¨s-midi d'un Faune.
Dutch artistic quality will also come to the fore. After the world premiÃ¨re of Ted Brandsen's new adaptation of the ballet Firebird in the Muziektheater in Amsterdam on 16 December 2004, the Dutch National Ballet will bring this show to Groningen. The festival will end in style with a concert by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, under the leadership of guest conductor Daniele Gatti.
Education, workshops, films
Visitors to the festival can be more than quietly attentive spectators. An extensive auxiliary programme complements the ballet and music performances. An educational programme has been designed in conjunction with the Dutch National Ballet, enabling children and adults to become aquainted with Diaghilev in a lighthearted manner. The programme covers his artistic principles and working methods, as well as the results of his labour. Choreographers and dance historians will give workshops in the framework of the educational programme. Exceptional feature films and documentaries will be shown on Diaghilev, Nijinsky, and the period in which they lived.
Join the Saison Russe in Groningen!
The Diaghilev Centre and the Diaghilev CafÃ©, situated in the Oosterpoort Culture Centre, will form the heart of the festival. Performers, residents of Groningen, and other interested parties will be able to meet another here in the ambience of a Saison Russe. A Diaghilev journal will appear daily, with reviews, programme updates, articles, and background information on the performances.
Diaghilev Festival Foundation
PO Box 90
9700 ME Groningen
phone: +31 (0)50 5270057
fax: +31 (0)50 3120815
The Diaghilev Centre and the Diaghilev CafÃ©, in the Oosterpoort Culture Centre, Groningen