Hodson Archer - Ballets Old & New
 
 
Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer are a dance and design team based in London. They are known internationally for their reconstructions of lost ballet masterpieces from the early 20th century, most notably Le Sacre du Printemps from 1913, with scenario and designs by Nicholas Roerich, music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.  Since its premiere in 1987, they have staged their reconstructed Sacre to acclaim in the United States, England, France, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Germany, Brazil and Japan. Four films have been made about their work on Le Sacre and three on other ballets in their repertoire. The couple lecture internationally, write books and articles about their productions and exhibit drawings from their projects.


Through Ballets Old & New, Hodson and Archer have built a repertoire of some twenty ballets, both reconstructions and creations. In addition to Le Sacre they have reconstructed two other ballets by Nijinsky for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (Jeux and Till Eulenspiegel), five by Balanchine, mostly for Diaghilev (Valse Triste, Le Chant du Rossignol,  La Chatte, Le Bal and Cotillon) and five by Jean Borlin for Rolf de Mare’s Ballets Suedois which competed with Diaghilev’s company in the 1920’s (Dervishes, Skating Rink, Within the Quota and La Creation du Monde). Their creations include Stravinsky’s opera Persephone, a version of Prokofiev’s Pas d’Acier and a series of Greek ballets for Carla Fracci and other dancers in Italy.

 


Through Ballets Old & New, Hodson and Archer have built a repertoire of some twenty ballets, both reconstructions and creations.