Ksenia Ovsyanick as The Firebird was truly magical in shimmering body tights and a gorgeous feathery headdress (costumes by David Bamber).
She captured both the majesty and vulnerability in her performance while Junor Souza, as the Army Captain, nearly stole the show in a brilliant virtuoso solo.
Jeux, Nijinsky’s ballet of 1913 to Debussy’s score, was re-imagined by Eagling. It opens as the choreographer/ Nijinsky figure, a convincing Dmitri Gruzdyev, wrestles with his ideas.
A tennis ball is lobbed across the stage followed by two young women and the play, flirtatious and sporting, ensues.
A second trio of two men and one woman make up the numbers in a compelling work where the relationships and the choreography are woven into a mysterious web of many strands.
This is Eagling’s best work to date and I hope it finds a continuing afterlife.
Jeux was paired with the Handsome Young Man solo from Nijinska’s Le Train Bleu given a deliciously wry performance by Vadim Muntagirov.