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The Rite of Spring…

“The Rite of Spring” was so raw with its choreography and music that it caused a riot in a Paris theater in 1913
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Northwest Vista College and Lux Musicae Present
“The Rite of Spring”
Celebrating the Centenary of Stravinsky’s 1913 Premiere 

In 1913, Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” was so innovative and raw with its choreography and music that it caused a riot in the Paris theater where it was performed.  

One hundred years later, a group of students from Northwest Vista College Repertory Dance Ensemble under the direction of Jayne King and Jenny Brown will take on the choreography; and an orchestra composed of students and professionals from across Texas will take on the complex music for the reduced version of “The Rite of Spring” created in 1988 by composer Jonathan McPhee. The Rite of Spring will be performed as part of “Vista Dances,” a bi-annual concert of the Northwest Vista College Repertory Dance Ensemble on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. at the Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College.  

  “The Rite of Spring” was a momentous occasion in history for both music and ballet as it lead to the breakthrough of “Modernism.” To honor the 100 year anniversary, well-known ballets and orchestras across the nation have re-enacted this piece. “The Rite of Spring” is a Russian spiritual folklore celebrating the advent of spring. In the tale, a young girl is chosen as a sacrificial maiden; and dances herself to death. Tickets are $10; $5 seniors, military and $3 for students. NVC's box office number is 486-4527. 


Photo credit: Birmingham Ballet 2005, Steve Hanson