New double bill from Scottish Dance Theatre
- Kelly Apter
- 23 January 2018
Choreographer Colette Sadler re-imagines the work of Bronislava Nijinska
In an era when men were calling most of the shots in the dance world, one woman was blazing a trail with her innovative choreography: Bronislava Nijinska. Although often eclipsed by her more famous brother, Vaslav Nijinsky, she created numerous works for the Ballets Russes, including 1923's Les Noces.
Fast forward almost a hundred years and choreographer Colette Sadler is working her own innovative magic at Scottish Dance Theatre, re-imagining Les Noces for the 21st century with new piece, RITUALIA. And Nijinska has been very much on her mind.
'I don't directly reference her life in RITUALIA, but I'm interested in Bronislava as a woman working in dance at that time,' says Sadler. 'When I started working on Les Noces I read her autobiography, and during an early part of the creation I wrote a short text called "Conversation with a dead choreographer", which was myself and Bronislava having a conversation in a fictional realm.'
Part of a double-bill featuring Botis Seva's TuTuMucky, the seed of RITUALIA was planted years ago, when Sadler first learned about the Ballets Russes and the music of Stravinsky.
'I've been interested in Les Ballets Russes since I was a ballet student,' says Sadler. 'What interests me is how their work ushers in the era of modernism in ballet, and I find the artistic collaborations that took place within their creations very exciting, involving artists such as Picasso, Cocteau, Massine to name a few.'
Dundee Rep, Fri 9 & Sat 10 Feb; Traverse, Edinburgh, Sat 3 Mar