|Venue||Date & Time||Price|
|Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
|Exhibition Gallery, Sha Tin Town Hall
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.
The controversial premiere of The Rite of Spring in 1913 can be regarded as the pioneer of modernism in music history, dance history or even cultural history.
This explains why later dancers and choreographers are so fascinated by Nijinsky’s avant-garde, audacious choreography and Stravinsky’s powerful music that they created their own versions of this ballet. We have selected a few versions by Hong Kong and overseas choreographers and dance companies for discussion, from the perspectives of movement, costume and set design.
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