The Firebird (Complete Ballet)

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8 PM

Kresge Auditorium at MIT

Featuring Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu), complete 1910 ballet

The Water Goblin (Vodník)

Igor Stravinsky

Antonín Dvořák



Gianni Di Marco, choreographer

Ruth Whitney, costumes

Bill Whitney, egg design



Ruth Whitney as the Firebird

Alan Alberto as Prince Ivan

Gianni Di Marco as Kashei the Deathless

Jaime DeRocker as Princess Vasilisa


Brenna DiFrancesco, Jacob Hoover, Tegan Rich, and Harunaga Yamakawa

as Princes, Princesses, and Monsters



The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra will lift the orchestra out of the pit and onto center stage at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium in a full performance of Stravinsky’s 1910 ballet The Firebird: an innovative collaboration between the CSO and NorthEast ArtSpace, a new performing arts collaborative making its Boston debut. With new choreography by former Boston Ballet dancer Gianni Di Marco, Di Marco himself will dance the role of King Kashei. He will be joined on stage by soloists Ruth Whitney as the Firebird, Alan Alberto as Prince Ivan, and Jaime DeRocker as Princess Vasilisa, along with a small corps de ballet.


In this performance of The Firebird, the music and staging allow for a tightly integrated artistic partnership between sound and movement—a work of art that portrays music as a lived, embodied experience. Costumes designed by Ruth Whitney in the traditional Ballets Russes style with rich colors and lush fabrics will enhance the audience experience and story of The Firebird.


The program will open with Dvořák’s tone poem The Water Goblin. Based on a dark Czech story, the piece is one of three tone poems Dvořák wrote based on fairy tales. The Water Goblin depicts the sad story of a girl kidnapped from her home in order to marry an evil water goblin and her subsequent escape.


Parking: There are several public  parking garages on the MIT campus. The closest garage to Kresge Auditorium is at 121 Vassar Street. Weekend rates are generally less than $10 (depending on what events are scheduled at MIT). We encourage public transportation if possible.


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