Music and Words by Igor Stravinsky
It's an ancient rite, a tribal event- the handing over of the bride. A piece of livestock moving from one owner to another, sacrificed in return for cash...and days of alcohol fuelled partying....wild...intense....passionate abandon.
The Wedding is a screaming, shrieking, flat out masterpiece with its rhythmic drive and unique sound world- 4 virtuoso pianists on grand pianos, a dazzling array of percussion, 4 soloists and a chorus. Written as a ballet in 1923 for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, Stravinsky drew on Russian traditions to conjure up a vivid and intense depiction of the old ways, and the not so old!
Director Graham Vick and Choreographer Ron Howell collaborate on this experimental half hour work and place the Chorus and Dance Company of Birmingham Opera Company at the centre of the action. Conducted by Jonathan Laird with soloists Maureen Brathwaite, Antonia Sotgiu, Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts and Martin Snell.
STRAVINSKY'S THE WEDDING
Venue: A E Harris Building, 150 Northwood Street Birmingham B3 1SZ
Friday 19 November 8.30pm
Saturday 20 November 7.30pm & 9pm
Sunday 21st November 4pm & 5.30pm
This is an excellent short piece (30 mins) where the audience are in the middle of the production in a dis-used factory. Walk around the performance space and find yourself next to the lead soprano while she starts ripping off her wedding dress. Innovative, refreshing and very entertaining. Magnificent.