The Firebird, Diaghliev and the Ballets Russes is a collaborative project and exhibition with BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design and BA (Hons) Graphic Design at AUB, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and TheGallery.

Students from BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design have produced a collection of designs in response to the The Firebird, which will be displayed at Lighthouse Poole on the evening of the performance.

These will then be on display in TheGallery as part of a Pop-Up exhibition, curated by Adele Keeley, Wayne Martin and Bunny Winter.

Second year BA (Hons) Graphic Design students, Luke Brown, Harry Kitchin and Alice Pomfret, have also designed the programme for the event.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, introduces The Firebird:

“The Arts University Bournemouth is pleased to sponsor this concert and to continue its academic partnership with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

“We mark the occasion of tonight’s BSO concert with a celebration of drawing from students of the BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design in response to The Firebird.”

The Firebird is a literal translation from the Russian Жар-пти́ца. This Russian ballet composed by Igor Stravinsky and choreographed by Michel Fokine, was written for the Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1910.

The story of the ballet is of a magical glowing bird whose life is spared in return for one of its enchanted feathers. The feather can be used to summon the firebird, whose powers can be both a blessing and curse. Based on a traditional Russian fairy tale, this ballet became an instant success with the public and critics alike.

Rebecca Pride, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader, Costume and Performance Design said:

“We are delighted to present the outcome of our drawing experiments in such a way appropriate and fitting for the event and hope that the Ballets Russes’ spirit of creative risk-taking, design flamboyance and innovation shines through the work.”

The designs will be displayed in TheGallery from 4 March – 20 April.