At the beginning of 1920's, after months of total isolation at his friend's camp house, in Lapras, Maurice Ravel finishes finally the orchestration of “La Valse”, requested by Sergei Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes company. It is the artist's comeback to the big competition: an acid reflection on his recent traumatic years, a metaphor on European post war civilization and, at the same time, a narrative on birth, decadence and destruction of a great music genre: the waltz. However, Sergei Diaghilev refused the work. In 2012, João Botelho, along with The Portuguese Ballet Company, made a film about this precious composition.

  • Duration: 25
  • Production year: 2012
  • Country: Portugal

João Botelho