Sunday, May 29, 2011

Le Sacre du Printemps

Rite of Spring, Joffrey Ballet

The ballet, Rite of Spring, premiered on this date in 1913 at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris. The music was composed by Igor Stravinsky. It is intended to portray an ancient pagan ritual in which a young maiden dances herself to death as a sacrificial offer to the God of Spring. The music and choreography were so unconventional that a small riot broke out during the performance.

Over time, it has become an iconic example of 20th century classical music.

Desiree Lubowsky, 1924

So, let's listen to some "savage" sounds.

Here's the Joffrey Ballet performance:

And here's Maurice Bejart's choreography:

We could go on and on, but that should be enough to whet your interest. ;-)

Here's the Rite of Spring Wikipedia page.


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