Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Le Pas d'Acier

The 'Le Pas d'Acier 1925' website describes Princeton University's re-creation in April 2005 of 'Soviet', the machine age ballet, originally written in 1925 by set and costume designer Georgii Yakoulov and composer Sergey Prokofiev, choreographed by LĂ©onide Massine, and produced by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1927. The website provides information about the project and the exhibition that was held at Princeton University from 7 to 9 April 2005. The contructivist resource also contains substantial documentary materials on the work at Princeton and on the sources of the research, with contributions from leading scholars in the field of music and dance. Co-ordinated by British dance historian Lesley-Anne Sayers, with choreography and staging by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer, this project to document, discuss and disseminate the ballet's staging, and the research and collaboration that went into it, will be of interest to anyone involved in the history of the performing arts, reconstruction, modernism in music, movement and scenic design, early Soviet history and culture or in the work of Prokofiev or Yakoulov.
Link: http://www.pasdacier.co.uk/
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