Teatro alla Scala
Direction and Choreography
Set and Costume Design
Originally danced by
Agnese Di Clemente, Alice Mariani, Claudio Coviello, Domenico Di Cristo, Timofej Andrijahenko and Nicoletta Manni
Premiere date and venue
24 June 2022, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy
LORE, a re-imagining of Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces, is Wayne McGregor’s second work made on the Teatro alla Scala ballet company.
A collection of fragments drawn from traditional Slavic wedding rituals, Stravinsky’s Les Noces was composed ten years after his modernist masterpiece The Rite of Spring. It shows Stravinsky moving towards a more mechanical, impersonal sound – a sense of human life driven by an external power.
In LORE – the title refers to a body of folk traditions and narratives – McGregor likewise explores the bigger story: that of rituals across time and place. Customs are broken, spliced, juxtaposed and reborn as generations give way to one another and the sacred is constituted anew. We discard and we remember.
A Teatro alla Scala production.
Images: Brescia e Amisano © Teatro alla Scala.