Happy Rite of Spring Day!

The Joffrey Ballet in the Rite of Spring. Photo: Herbert Migdoll

The Joffrey Ballet in the Rite of Spring. Photo: Herbert Migdoll

100 years ago today the Ballets Russes premiered composer Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

To an audience accustomed to beauty and grace, Stravinsky’s avant-garde sound and Vaslav Nijinsky’s unconventional choreography was too much for them to handle and a riot broke out.

Never before have classical dancers stood with hunched shoulders and turned in feet. Technique was not the focal point as the dancers’ stomped and clapped their way through a ritualistic dance that sent the audience into a tissy!

With this ballet you either love it or you hate it. I personally can’t stand it, but as a dancer writer/historian I can appreciate the innovation and the genius behind it.

Check out an excerpt of the Joffrey Ballet’s Rite of Spring here!

 

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About kddance

I am a dance fanatic living in Dallas, TX. Not only do I teach dance but I also love writing about it. My love for dance started at the age of six when my mom signed me up for my first dance class. I have training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and acrobatics. In college I minored in dance and majored in journalism. I have had articles published in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher and the Dance Council of North Texas' DANCE publication. Let me share my stories with you.
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