The Rite



“The Rite” is Dustin Klein’s fresh interpretation of the tale of pagan ritual and sacrifice that inspired Nijinsky, Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes to create “Le Sacre du Printemps”, a production that was both influential and controversial in its time.

In homage to the avant-garde approach embraced by Ballet Russes, newly-commissioned music, distinctive costume design and innovative dance forms are fused with traditional folk lore and familiar musical themes, in a piece that is equally novel and daring in the modern day.


Set and costume design for The Rite ORIGEN FESTIVAL CULTURAL, Riom, Switzerland


Choreography – DUSTIN KLEIN

Set and costume design – Louise Flanagan


Lighting design – Marc Laperrouze

Dancers – Elisa Mestres, Margarida Neto, Matteo Dilaghi, Nikita Korotkov, Ilia Sarkisov, Nicola Strada


Premiere – 27th July 2018 Reithalle, St. Moritz, Switzerland


Photos - Mathias Kunfermann

Old News



Does the end ever justify the means?

Can acts of terror and abuses of power ever be justified by good intentions, and might redeeming features be found even in the personalities of some of history’s most tyrannical characters?

Old News controversially challenges our assumptions around the concept of absolute evil, and our often one-dimensional perception of historical figures to examine holistically the multi-dimensional human behind the atrocities, conveying their triumphs, emotions, motivations and fears. In expressing the duality of power and oppression, the atemporality of tyranny in human behaviour is exposed through the performances of each dancer. Roles change; power shifts; time, place and scale are irrelevant.


Set and costume design for ‘Old News’ Origen Festival Cultural, Riom, Switzerland


ChoreographyDustin Klein

ConceptDustin Klein, Louise Flanagan, Simon Karlstetter

Set and costume design – Louise Flanagan

MusicSimon Karlstetter

Sound design – Karim Weth

Lighting design – Marc Laperrouze

Dancers – Nicha Rodboon, Maria Daniela González Muñoz, Jonah Cook, Nicholas Losada, Dukin Seo


Premiere – 16th July 2017


PhotosBowie Verschuuren

Andante Sostenuto



Costume design for ‘Andante Sostenuto’ in the programme ‘Young Moves’Ballett am Rhein, Opernhaus Düsseldorf


Choreography – Boris Randzio

Costume design – Louise Flanagan

Lighting design – Thomas Diek

Music – Radiohead, Franz Schubert


Premiere – 4th July 2017


Photos - Gert Weigelt

Mama, ich kann fliegen



Costume design for ‘Mama, ich kann fliegen’

Bavarian State Ballet

Prinzregententheater, Munich, Germany


Choreography – DUSTIN KLEIN

Music - Georg Vorsamer

Costume design – Louise Flanagan

Lighting design – PAUL PUTZAR

Dancers – Nicholas Losada, Mai Kono, Nicha Rodboon, Maria Daniela Gonzalez Munoz, Dukin Seo, Jonah Cook


Premiere – 30th June 2017


Photos – Wilfried Hösl


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