• Double-bill production
  • Directed by Ella Marchment
  • Composed by Igor Stravinsky
  • Helios Collective and Constella OperaBallet
  • Bloomsbury Theatre, London; Swiss Church, Covent Garden, London
  • 2015


Helios Collective and Constella OperaBallet came together to form a travelling troupe of modern-day bohemians, presenting an evening fusing opera, ballet, and theatre.

The Soldier’s Tale is a musical parable by Igor Stravinsky, to be read, played, and danced. The story tells of a soldier who trades his violin with the devil in exchange for a mysterious book. As the tale unfolds, the soldier and devil devise mischievous schemes to outwit each other.

Stravinsky’s opera-ballet Renard is based on a Russian Folk tale: a comically dark fable that presents a curious series of events played out by farmyard animals. The production featured choreography by Erico Montes of The Royal Ballet.

Bernard Hughes

It is to the credit of the companies and director Ella Marchment that they took them on and did so much with them.

In Ella Marchment, I see a director and artistic leader of imagination, assurance and style.

Bernard Hughes