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The Firebird



Storyguide
Read the fairy-tale story of the Firebird
Children's activity sheet
Click here for a printable colouring and puzzle sheet featuring the Firebird herself
Press quotes
See what the critics thought The Firebird.
The history of The Firebird
Read more about the creation of the ballet
Introductory notes
Your first destination for information on one of Stravinsky's most popular ballets

Le Baiser de la fée



Introduction
Find out about this ballet, and the other versions that have preceded it.
Michael Corder
Read the biography of the choreographer
The Fairy's Kiss
Michael Corder discusses his new piece

Petrushka



Introduction to Petrushka
Find out about the creation of the ballet, and one of the few narrative scores in Stravinsky's career
Behind-the-scenes: the shoe supervisor
A behind-the-scenes interview with Michael Clifford, Birmingham Royal Ballet's shoemaster, where he explains why Petrushka demands more work than Sleeping Beauty.
The Acrobat and the Ringmaster
Read about the prolific partnership of Stravinsky and Diaghilev

Press quotes



'Stravinsky has produced some of the most astonishing dance scores of the last century. [The Firebird] is still one of the most vivid musical narratives of all time, driving the action at full tilt, and it's good to see BRB's dancers taking joyful advantage of its energies.'
Judith Mackrell, the Guardian

'The Firebird is a tremendous addition to Birmingham Royal Ballet's repertoire. Stravinsky's 1910 music is robustly romantic and utterly gorgeous (and well played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia); Goncharovaís 1926 designs are sumptuously Russian; and Fokine's dramatic choreography is filled with exquisite detail.'
Debra Craine, The Times

'Everything about The Firebird is extraordinary, from the huge crowd of masked monsters and courtiers released in a flood of sunlight, to the fearsome Immortal Kostchei, jabbing his bony finger to shivering chords of brass. It is epic. The co-ordination and configuration of so many bodies moving as one body is awesome and the big Russian finale just takes the breath away.'
Pat Ashworth, The Stage

'Birmingham Royal Ballet's Stravinsky programme was the unexpected hit of this Sadlerís Wells season - it's good to see a Firebird so fierce, so furious at her captivity. As in Birmingham, Barry Wordsworth conducted a rousing performance from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia: exhilarating in the infernal dance, grand in the glorious finale.'
ZoŽ Anderson, Dancing Times

'A stunning performance of Fokine's The Firebird.'
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express

'The massed ranks of Kastchey's monsters (some of whose outfits seem to have inspired present-day youth fashion) [are] a grand, grotesque parade. The score, with the Birmingham Sinfonia under Barry Wordsworth, cast its customary magic. Here was a commandingly good restoration of a masterpiece - Birmingham should be proud of its Ballet.'
Clement Crisp, Financial Times

'A tremendous performance of The Firebird... a first-class all-round show of this magnificent fairytale.'
Ismene Brown, Daily Telegraph

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Press quotes

'Stravinsky has produced some of the most astonishing dance scores of the last century. [The Firebird] is still one of the most vivid musical narratives of all time, driving the action at full tilt, and it's good to see BRB's dancers taking joyful advantage of its energies.'
Judith Mackrell, the Guardian

'The Firebird is a tremendous addition to Birmingham Royal Ballet's repertoire. Stravinsky's 1910 music is robustly romantic and utterly gorgeous (and well played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia); Goncharovaís 1926 designs are sumptuously Russian; and Fokine's dramatic choreography is filled with exquisite detail.'
Debra Craine, The Times

'Everything about The Firebird is extraordinary, from the huge crowd of masked monsters and courtiers released in a flood of sunlight, to the fearsome Immortal Kostchei, jabbing his bony finger to shivering chords of brass. It is epic. The co-ordination and configuration of so many bodies moving as one body is awesome and the big Russian finale just takes the breath away.'
Pat Ashworth, The Stage

'Birmingham Royal Ballet's Stravinsky programme was the unexpected hit of this Sadlerís Wells season - it's good to see a Firebird so fierce, so furious at her captivity. As in Birmingham, Barry Wordsworth conducted a rousing performance from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia: exhilarating in the infernal dance, grand in the glorious finale.'
ZoŽ Anderson, Dancing Times

'A stunning performance of Fokine's The Firebird.'
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express

'The massed ranks of Kastchey's monsters (some of whose outfits seem to have inspired present-day youth fashion) [are] a grand, grotesque parade. The score, with the Birmingham Sinfonia under Barry Wordsworth, cast its customary magic. Here was a commandingly good restoration of a masterpiece - Birmingham should be proud of its Ballet.'
Clement Crisp, Financial Times

'A tremendous performance of The Firebird... a first-class all-round show of this magnificent fairytale.'
Ismene Brown, Daily Telegraph