100 years ago tonight, Stravisnky’s Le Sacre du printemps, or the Rites of Spring, premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. It nearly caused a riot.
Stravinsky is supposed to have said that the ballet depicted “Pagan Russia unified by a single idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring.” One of my all-time favorite artists, Nicholas Roerich, designed the sets and costumes.
Even more than the Firebird, this dance changed forever the nature of modern ballet and, some would say, modern symphonic music and modern theatre.
Picture found here.