Firebird and Composers in Context
The Interlochen Arts Academy spring season's Composers in Context performance marks yet another exciting collaboration between the dance department and orchestra, directed by Carolyn Watson. Igor Stravinsky's ballet Firebird was first choreographed by the Russian dancer Michel Fokine in 1910 and premiered in Paris with the Ballet Russes to great acclaim. The plot, completely rewritten for this occasion, is based on an old Russian fairytale, depicting the tension between humanity and nature, desire and reality. A stellar cast, led by junior Erica Brandell as the Firebird ballerina, includes seniors Oliver Flor Jull, Derek Brockington and Laurel Armes. The set design, with dancers towering high above the orchestra on raised platforms acting as dancing frescos, was conceived by Rory Baker and Kedrik Merwin. Choreography and libretto sprung out of the minds of director of dance Cameron Basden and faculty member Nicola Conraths Lange. Costumes were created by Candice Hughes.