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"Les Noces" Nijinska’s choreography
Saturday, February 03, 2018, 02:00pm
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Madison Ballet
presents two performances of "SHE" including

"Les Noces" (The Wedding)
in the original 1923 choreography by
Bronislava Nijinska

From the event notes: "Madison Ballet’s “She” will include pieces by contemporary choreographers Katherine Kramer, Jacqueline Stewart, Nikki Hefko and Stephanie Martinez. Madison Ballet’s highly trained ballet dancers will be performing not just ballet, but a variety of styles of dance, from the lyrical to the athletic.

Madison Ballet artistic director W. Earle Smith also is re-staging “Les Noces,” the best-known work by the late 20th-century Russian-born choreographer Bronislava Nijinska.

“The reason I chose her was that I wanted some context in the program — and she is a pioneer for female choreographers,” Smith said.

For the Madison Ballet version of “Les Noces,” Smith has stripped away much of the traditional wedding costuming and pageantry to concentrate on the nuances of Nijinska’s choreography.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Nijinska — not just her work, but to understand her life,” Smith said. “I just get sort of wowed by re-staging this ballet – that this was done in 1923” with music by Igor Stravinsky."

Note that Bronislawa Nijinska was actually Polish-born and coincidentally, our Book Club meets on February 6th, 2018 to discuss Eva Stachniak's book "The Chosen Maiden" describing the life of this remarkable ballet dancer and the innovative choreographer.


Tickets on sale through the Overture Center of the Arts

Location: Drury Stage, Bartell Theatre
113 E. Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703

Map of the Bartell's theatre location