Pavillon d'Armide
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo
Choreography: Matjash Mrozewski
Music: Scanner (commissioned score)
Costumes: Jean-Michel Lainé
Set and Lighting: Dominique Drillot
Premiere: July 23rd 2009, Monte Carlo

"When Jean-Christophe Maillot asked me to create a new work for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, one of the first things he asked me was whether I might let myself be inspired by Diahilev and the Ballets Russes, whose anniversary the company will be celebrating this upcoming season. For some time I’d been toying with the idea of indulging my love for Baroque opera, so I tried to find a way for these two inspirations to intersect. The story of the sorceress Armide is told in Handel’s opera Rinaldo, and also plays a part in Michel Fokine’s ballet, Pavillon d’Armide, which the Ballets Russes performed in their first Paris season. Eschewing that ballet’s score by Tcherpenin, I asked London-based composer Scanner to create music for this work based on selections from Handel’s opera. My ballet follows Armide’s reminiscence of her great conquest, love, and eventual abandonment by her lover."