A poster for our upcoming July performance of Stravinsky's famous and notorious ballet, The Rite of Spring.
The ballet depicts the mystery and great surge of the creative power of spring as a young Virgin dances herself to death.
Some notes relating to the original production of 1913:
Stunned the artistic world
"A maleficence foisted upon artistic sensibilities"
"A crime against grace" = Nijinsky's choreography
"Oversteps the limits of propriety in ballet music"
Celebration of life through sacrificial death
"I think the whole thing has been done by 4 idiots" Enrico Cecchetti. (4= Stravinsky, Roerich, Nijinsky, Diaghilev)
"res ipsa locquitar"
A pagan ballet
a white tutu affair vs a virgin sacrifice
Stravinsky's vision: .... a solemn pagan rite: sage elders, seated in a circle, watching a young girl dance herself to death....
Yarilo = pagan god of spring
a dance of terror is the ballet's thematic climactic scene
"A Sacrifical Dance") by "The Chosen One"
a communal murder on stage
At the start of the ballet is a sacred night .... And it ends with the sunrise, with the first rays of the sun. "
"Stravinsky sat down to play a piano reduction ... Before he got very far I was convinced he was raving mad" ... Monteaux
Part 1-The Kiss of The Earth-
The piper's pipe and young men tell fortunes. The old woman enters.She knows the mystery of nature and how to predict the future. Young girls with painted faces come in from the river in single file. They dance the spring dance. Games start ... The people divide into two groups opposing each other. The holy procession of wise men. The oldest and wisest interrupts the spring games, which come to a stop. The people pause trembling ... The old men bless the spring earth ... The people dance passionately on the earth, sanctifying it and becoming one with it.
Part 2- The Great Sacrifice-
All night the virgins hold mysterious games, walking in circles. One of the virgins is consecrated as the victim and is twice pointed to by fate, being caught twice in the perpetual dance. The virgins honour her, the chosen one, with a marital dance. They invoke the ancestors and entrust the chosen one to the old wise men. She sacrifices herself in the presence of the old men to the great holy dance, the great sacrifice.
See our Facebook page to view examples of our previous posters for Coppelia 2012 & 2008 and Peter and the Wolf 2011.