A celebration of the heritage of the great Diaghilev era, this quadruple bill centres on the staging of two of Vaslav Nijinsky's groundbreaking works - Jeux
, his provocative tennis ballet about the games people play, and L'Apres-midi d'un faune
, his controversial depiction of the erotic awakening of a young faun when he encounters three nymphs on a summer's afternoon. These are flanked by revivals of Nijinska's Les Biches
, an ambivalent portrait of the Riviera smart set in the 1920's, and The Firebird
, Mikhail Fokine's great fairy-tale, danced to Stravinsky's epoch-making score. Les Biches (Nijinska, Poulenc), Jeux (Nijinsky- Reconstructed and staged by Millicent Hodson, Debussy), L'Apre-midi d'un faune (Nijinsky- revived from his dance notation score by Ann Hutchinson Guest and Claudia Jeschke, Debussy), The Firebird (Fokine, Stravinsky)Company Royal Ballet. Conductor Andrea Quinn. Choreographer Bronislava Nijinska. Design Marie Laurencin. Design Leon Bakst. Design Natalia Gontcharova. Lighting Millicent Hodson. Lighting Kenneth Archer.