SUMMER, WINTER & THE RITE OF SPRING
A full length modern day retelling dance piece based on The Rite of Spring, as originally written by Igor Stravinsky. Prequel sections of Summer and Winter will be explored as the narrative is set up, leading to the dramatic ritual, a sacrifice of a virgin maiden in order to propitiate the spring.
Based on invented Slavic folklore, which has been passed down through generations at a time when desperation yields this modern community to repossess this rite. The community must dance with their full passion, commitment and belief to ignite the rite with the fire it demands. Which maiden will be the chosen one? Will she know the meaning of true love before her final dance of death?
Originally choreographed by Nijinsky for the famous Ballets Russes. This ground breaking, first modern dance piece caused a riot in Paris when it was premiered in 1913. It’s very much a part of the DNA of Russian dance history. Here, director/choreographer Arthur Pita, with composer Frank Moon, Designer Yann Seabra and dramaturge Anna Rulevskaya reclaim this work for the acclaimed Ballet Moscow.
The Performances of The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky are given by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.
The event is part of the UK – Russia Creative Bridge programme 2021-2022 supported by the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow.