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"The Rite of Spring" by Tanztheater Wuppertal Screening

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Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
Free Admission

The Rite of Spring


Premiered on 29 May 1913

Composed by Igor Stravinsky

Choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky

Performed by Les Ballet Russes


The premiere of Le Sacre du Printemps (known as The Rite of Spring in English) by Sergei Diaghilev’s Les Ballet Russes at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 1913 totally redefined the audience's perception of ballet as an artistic expression of harmony and elegance. With Vaslav Nijinsky as the choreographer and Igor Stravinsky as the composer, the controversial ballet challenged the audience's aesthetic senses with its stiff dance movements and strident music.  Some among the audience were so disturbed that a riot broke out in the theatre at the premiere.


The avant-garde and innovative style of The Rite of Spring inspired a later generation of choreographers.  Numerous dance artists have their own interpretations, including such prominent names as Martha Graham, Pina Bausch, Kenneth MacMillan, Paul Taylor and Lin Hwai-min. 


About the Programme


The Rite of Spring by Tanztheater Wuppertal  

Composed Igor Stravinsky

Choreographed and directed by Pina Bausch


Video Screening

Pina Bausch founded Tanztheater Wuppertal in 1973 and choreographed The Rite of Spring two years later.  This version of The Rite of Spring depicts the violent confrontation between the sexes, and this issue about the sexes also became an important theme for Bausch in her later works.  The present screening is a performance by Tanztheater Wuppertal in 1978, featuring veteran dancer of the troupe Jan Minarik.

France/ 1978/ Colour/ 30’ / DVD

With nudity, not suitable for children

@2012 L’Arche Editeur, Paris


Additional Talk

Speakers: Mui Cheuk-yin, Dr. Lo Wai-luk

Seasoned choreographer Mui Cheuk-yin was invited to the 25th and 35th anniversary performances of the Tanztheater Wuppertal , and performed in The Rite of Spring in 2000.  Mui will share with us her experience and interesting anecdotes during the rehearsals with Pina Bausch from a dancer's perspective.  Meanwhile cultural critic Dr. Lo Wai-luk will guide us to look into the piece from a literary perspective, helping us to understand more about the social agenda brought by Pina Bausch.


In Cantonese


Running time of the screening with talk is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.


About the Speakers


Mui Cheuk-yin

Mui received training in Chinese classical and ethnic dance in Hong Kong since 1973 under the tutorship of Ms. Lau So-kam.  She joined the Hong Kong Dance Company from 1981 to 1990 as the principle dancer.  In 1985, she won the Hong Kong Young Choreographer Competition and received a scholarship to study modern dance in New York.  Upon returning to Hong Kong, she created works Awakenings in a Dream, Cursive Script and the Diary Series.


Mui became an independent choreographer / dancer / teacher in the 1990s.  Under the auspices of Asian Cultural Council, she took part in the International Choreographer's Programme at the American Dance Festival and performed at the East-West Center, University of Hawaii. Mui was often commissioned by CCDC, the Hong Kong Dance Company and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to create new works.  Her major works include Fragrant Garden, Water Music, E-motion, As Quick as Silver, Stories about Certain Women, Eulogy, la grace, Between Bow and String, Of Grandeur and Desolation, Kinetic Body Operatics, Pink Lily, October Red, Duet 3X, The Enigma of Desire – Dali vs Gala, Lotus, Shui in FengShui, Desperately Seeking Miss Blossom, Season N in Seasonal Syndromes, Love.Accidentally, and The Tale of Miles in Triptych.


Mui is an internationally renowned solo artist.  She has been invited to many international arts festivals including Hong Kong Arts Festival (1994, 2001), Belgium International Arts Festival (1994), Lisbon Culturgest (1995), Re:Orient Dance Festival in London (1995), Hong Kong Festival at the Berlin Tacheles (1996), la Biennale du danse de Val-de-Marne (1997), Ein Fest in Wuppertal (1998), Venice Biennial Dance Festival (1999), Dancing-World Festival in Copenhagen (2000), the Lyon Biennale de la Danse (2000), Beijing Modern Dance Festival 2001, Dance Biennale Tokyo (2002) and the Images of Asia Festival in Copenhagen (2003).  In 2000, Mui was invited by Pina Bausch and Folkwang Tanzstudio to choreograph Whispering Colour and to perform as a guest dancer in The Rite of Spring with Tanztheatre Wuppertal.


Mui was named the “Dance Ambassador” (2000) and received the “Choreography Award” by Hong Kong Dance Awards in 2001, 2009 and 2013.  She was also named the “Outstanding Woman” by Wai Yin Association (2001).  She was elected one of the Most Successful Women 2005 by magazine Jessica and received the Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service in 2007.  In 2012, she was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award by Hong Kong Dance Award for her dedication and long-standing commitment to developing dance in Hong Kong over three decades.


Dr. Lo Wai-luk 

Dr. Lo is Associate Professor and Director of MFA (Film, TV and Digital Media) of the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.  His specialties are script-writing, film and theatre aesthetics, and stage productions.  He has both theoretical and practical knowledge in the field.  He was producer for Radio and Television, and is very active participating local culture as radio program host, theatre critic, director, and actor.  He has published a book of dance criticism.



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The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute speakers and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.



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