Stravinsky: Now for the prequelballet
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is organising an interactive work for young people titled Before the Firebird.
From the blurb: Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird tells of a Prince, a magical bird, and their battle to defeat an evil king and release 13 captive sisters. Paul Rissmann and Hazel Gould’s imagined prequel tells the tale of how these brave sisters ended up under King Kastchei’s spell in the first place.
Before the Firebird is full of ways for the audience to join in; Rissmann and Kirkman will prepare the audience before the piece begins, and they can also learn the songs in advance in free workshops just before the concert. The story will be told onstage by Rissmann and the choirs of young people, while Kirkman will play the characters in the story, which include evil King Kastchei, the brave sisters, the magical Firebird and another terrifying baddie.