A New Firebird

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Last Friday I saw the Danish Dance Theatre’s new production of The Firebird at the Republique in Copenhagen.

Choreographed by the company’s director Tim Rushton the production was performed live to the seventy piece strong Copenhagen Philharmonic orchestra.

The multidisciplinary performance created an amazing new version of the ballet, with innovative costume designs by Åsa Gjersted and set by Johan Kølkjær and Martin Tulinius.

The Firebird herself was performed by Spanish born dancer Elena Martinez Ibar. Ibar first appeared dressed in an almost Goth like outfit of long coat and Dr Martins. Her dark and brooding portrayal of the character created a new take on the ballet’s heroine.


British born dancer Joe George danced the role of the young man/ prince. George trained at the Rambert School. His sense of movement and emotion was beautiful to watch.

The company of just nine dancers filled the stage interacting with the set and projections. The set consisted of four large modular  flats which were moved smoothly around the stage. The dancers were able to climb, sit on and at one point even hang off like fruit bats.

I think Diaghilev would have approved of this innovative interpretation of Stravinsky’s music and story of The Firebird.