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The Rite of Spring Exhibition

Venue Date & Time Price
Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Free Admission
Exhibition Gallery, Sha Tin Town Hall

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. 


Exhibition Details


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.




Enquiries: 2268 7323


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

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



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