Postponed to the next day in case of bad weather
by Malandain Ballet Biarritz
Preceded by The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky, choreography by Thierry Malandain (2021)
MUSIC Antonio Vivaldi et Giovanni Antonio Guido
CHOREOGRAPHY Thierry Malandain
SET AND COSTUMES Jorge Gallardo
LIGHT François Menou
PRODUCTION COSTUMES Véronique Murat, Charlotte Margnoux assistées d'Anaïs Abel
SET PRODUCTION Frédéric Vadé
PRODUCTION OF ACCESSORIES Annie Onchalo
Initiated by the Royal Opera of Versailles and given for the first time in November 2023 at the Cannes Dance Festival, Les Saisons is the latest ballet to be created by choreographer Thierry Malandain, who has chosen to interweave the celebrated Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) with several pages from the lesser-known works by Giovanni Antonio Guido (1675-1729), contemporary and compatriot of the "red priest".
Under the influence of the number four, closely linked to creation, balance and harmony, Guido's Seasons evoke memories of the "beautiful dance", born in the seventeenth century of the ideal of governing one's body and mind and moving with grace, accuracy and lightness. Noting, moreover, that the number four is associated with the Earth and the wheel of life, which doesn't always turn roundly, or even completely askew in the face of the ugliness, stupidity and inhumanity that proliferate, it is with Vivaldi's Seasons that we are asked to be moved by a more natural, more human dance.
Finally, to spice things up with some poetic fantasy, and with these two words you have the essentials. Against a backdrop of black petals stretching across the horizon, winged beings mourn the loss of spirit and clarity. Why do they do this? Because The Seasons are just a ball and there's nothing more serious than the implausible.