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SILKE OTTO-KNAPP

Yves Saint Laurent, Mummy Bridal Dress, 1965. Photo: Chris Guest/Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal.

IGOR STRAVINSKY WORKED on the music for Les Noces—the 1923 ballet that is the original source for I Do, the third and final part of Michael Clark’s “Stravinsky Project”—for nearly ten years, commencing almost immediately after he finished The Rite of Spring. Bronislava Nijinska, who choreographed Les Noces, did not begin the actual work on the ballet’s staging until 1921, but it could be argued that she, too, had spent almost an entire decade preparing for it. In 1914, Nijinska had left Paris, where she and her brother Vaslav Nijinsky danced with Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, in order to return to her native Russia. During the following seven years she opened her School of Movement in Kiev and developed her theories of dance while collaborating with artists such as Alexandra Exter and Natalia Goncharova. Once back in Paris, she was thus able to approach the work on

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