Le Sacre du Printemps

a ballet for a single body

One hundred years ago Stravinsky composed and Nijinsky choreographed Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet that broke all conventions at that time. Stravinsky’s oeuvre is divided into two parts; The Adoration of the Earth and The Sacrifice. In the frame of sacre 100 (HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Nov. 2013) Lea Moro developed the first part of her solo dance performance Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet for a single body, raising the issue of the singular body representing the whole core / ensemble of the original ballet.
The second part The sacrifice introduces a further working element, namely the Heavy Metal culture. Heavy Metal in juxtaposition with Le Sacre du Printemps raises common analogies and differences on a movement level as well as in their musical structure. Heavy Metal culture shows ritualistic elements but is a cultural phenomena of contemporary rock music. Common aspects of Heavy Metal and Le Sacre du Printemps are exactly this ritualistic structure as well as an archaic energy and gestural movement vocabulary.
Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet for a single body is a constant shift of what might seem present and absent regarding a whole; a history, a myth, a fantasy, an aesthetic, the spectators of Le Sacre du Printemps. There is always something lacking, something always escapes our relation to the present time. Therefore it is more a question of retracing the steps from my memory in order to invent the basis of the dance, which is one where fictional realities co-exist with the performance that is here now.
Lea Moro is fascinated by understanding the mechanisms, intentions and historical impact of Le Sacre du Printemps. She is the core of the ballet. She is the dancer, the ensemble, the old wise man, the witch, the peacock and the bear. She is the only one dancing the Rite of Spring. How many bodies can the singular body be and represent?
The first part The adoration of the earth is all about society and therefore she has chosen the form of a solo as an oppositional element that is able to interrogate and play with the individual representation and imaginary energy of the group. The second part The Sacrifice is constructed as a solo that negotiates the body within the sacrificing dance, a body that comes to a point of exhaustion, a no more, game over!

Team Credits
Concept, choreography, performance – Lea Moro

Lightdesign – Annegret Schalke

Dramaturgical Advice – Linda Sepp, Maja Zimmermann, Alice Chauchat,
Josep Caballero Garcia, Désirée Meul

Costume – Lydia Sonderegger

Music – Igor Stravinsky „Le Sacre du Printemps“, Songtext Black Sabbath „When Death Calls“
Performance Rights: Boosey & Hawkes Bote & Bock GmbH, Berlin
Executive Producer – Marie Schmieder

Funding credits
Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet for a single body is produced by Lea Moro. With the kind support of German Federal Cultural Foundation. First part performed in the frame of Tanz über Gräben. 100 Jahre Le Sacre du Printemps (November 2013, HAU2 Berlin). Supported by Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Fondation Nestlé pour L ́Art, German Federal Cultural Foundation, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin