Rites of Spring

And We Do Not Fear

And We Do Not Fear

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.

3 responses to “Rites of Spring

  1. He certainly gave the good folks of the time quite a fright!

  2. I always liked that piece and I love Roerich’s work. I want to get into NYC to the Roerich Museum – I can only imagine how powerful those works of art are up close and personal.

  3. As I recall, Stravinsky’s music was well received by the critics at the time. The furor was over the choreography. Dance was supposed to be elegant and refined. Shock the bourgeois indeed.

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