Stravinsky Sprookjes

Sat 15 Jun - Tue 25 Jun
15 Jun
25 Jun

Besides being today’s most important classical ballet choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky (born in St Petersburg) is also one of the main criticasters of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Following the staging of his Giselle in The Hague last year, for the hastily founded United Ukrainian Ballet, Dutch National Ballet is now presenting two of his most successful and imaginative ballets: his dazzling Firebird and the European premiere of the poetic The Fairy’s Kiss. Both are set to the magisterial music of Igor Stravinsky.

Ratmansky – who was artist in residence with American Ballet Theatre from 2009 and will hold the same position with New York City Ballet from July 2023 – was enthralled by Stravinsky’s music from an early age. The Russian-American choreographer is a master in reinterpreting famous ballets, folk tales and fairy tales, including The Snow Queen and The Firebird – fairy tales that previously inspired Stravinsky to write two wonderful scores.