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<small>Metallic and coloured ink by Millicent Hodson</small> Press Release
'Le Sacre Du Printemps'
27/7/03 - 31/8/03
Gallery K will present drawings by the choreographer Millicent Hodson from 27 July to 31 August 2003 to complement the staging of the original version of Vaslav Nijinsky’s Le Sacre Du Printemps to the famous score by Igor Stravinsky. The work will be performed by the Kirov Ballet of St. Petersburg at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as part of its summer season in London.
Hodson reconstructed Vaslav Nijinsky’s lost choreography from 1913, working with the design consultant Kenneth Archer who reconstructed the decors and costumes by Nicholas Roerich. They traced documents of the original ballet from all over the world and then Hodson created her own series of drawings in order to stage the choreography.
The exhibition will include dance sketches of Kirov dancers, such as Iulia Mahalina, Daria Pavlenko and Alexandra Iosifidi, who dance the solo of the Chosen One in Le Sacre du Printemps.
Le Sacre is an archaic Slavic ritual in which a young maiden dances herself to death to ensure the return of spring. Nijinsky conceived the ballet as a ritualistic ordeal for all the 47 dancers. Each of them has an independent role, culminating in 44 simultaneous solos. The ballet climaxes with the sacrificial dance of the Chosen One.
Millicent Hodson’s drawings have been exhibited throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, South America and Japan. They have been published widely in various art and dance publications.
Her reconstruction drawings for Le Sacre Du Printemps are featured in her book Nijinsky’ s Crime Against Grace, published by Pendragon Press, New York, in 1996. The book will be available for signing by the artist at the exhibition, as well as Kenneth Archer`s book on Nicholas Roerich, Parkstone Press, 1999.
Hodson has had two major solo exhibitions at Gallery K since 1997 and she regularly participates in the gallery’s group shows.
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