Maurice Ravel's lush, passionate Daphnis et Chloé began as a commission by Sergei Diaghilev in 1908. It was first performed by Russian-born Diaghilev's Paris-based Ballet Russes on June 8, 1912. The piece, described by Ravel as a "symphonie choréographique," is a one-act ballet, but since its premiere, it is staged more often as a concert than as a dance performance. And, even in those cases, the Impressionist masterpiece rarely contains the original wordless choral elements of the score.
One century, two years and a couple days after its first performance, three Indianapolis arts heavyweights join forces to not only mount the rarely fully realized production, but to re-create it. Dance Kaleidoscope's David Hochoy will debut new choreography as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir are conducted by Krzysztof Urbański.
Our partners at WFYI are documenting the process leading up to the June 13 and 14 performances. This is the first episode -- a behind-the-scenes perspective on the creative collaboration that fuels this special staging of Daphnis et Chloé.
Cover image: Dance Kaleidoscope in rehearsal this week, preparing for the June 13 and 14 Daphnis et Chloé performances at Clowes Memorial Hall.