In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's and C.F. Ramuz's L'Histoire du Soldat, the Pacific Artists Collective will premiere a new production of the the theatrical work. The Pacific Artists Collective is collaborating with the University of Oregon Dance Department and Professor Shannon Mockli to put on the show, which generally is performed with actors, dancers and accompanying musicians. The program will also feature the world premiere of a composition by Joey Vranas of the Pacific Artists Collective. Musicologist Holly Chapman will give a free pre-concert lecture 30 minutes before each show. A reception will follow the performance and showcase student art, music and a talk from the choreographer.
L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) is a work meant to "be read, playe and danced" and is based on a Russian folk tale about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for unlimited economic gain. Three actors, the soldier, the devil and a narrator act out the story while a dancer plays the silent role of the princess. The score is traditionally played by a septet.
The Pacific Artists Collective was formed in 2017 by Bronson York to offer performance opportunities for University of Oregon students to go above and beyond with their musical ability in an entirely student run organization. L'Histoire du Soldat will be their second performance.