"The Rite of Spring" tag
Valentine Gross pastel of the original trio in “the fountain” grouping, 1913. First published in Comoedia Illustré, the souvenir programme of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. From Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet, Jeux (Pendragon, New York, 2008), p. 8. (Click image for larger version)

Games People Play: ‘Jeux’ Young at 100

Nijinsky’s ‘Jeux’, like ‘Rite’, is in its centenary year – lesser known it may be but Archer & Hodson give fascinating detail on its creation and the thought that went into putting on, at UNCSA, their reconstructed version earlier this year.

Chance to Dance young dancers in The Rite of Spring.© Sim Canetty-Clarke, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Mini-Gallery – ROH Chance to Dance pupils in The Rite of Spring

6 pictures of a unique Rite of Spring danced by thirty 9-10 year olds. Pictures by Sim Canetty-Clarke, courtesy the Royal Opera House.

Mark Morris Dance Group perfoms Excursions at Libbey Bowl on June 7, 2013 in Ojai, California.© Timothy Norris. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group at the Ojai Music Festival – California

The festival elects a guest director each year; Morris is the first choreographer to get the job. The seemingly ubiquitous Morris has now taken to calling the current season “my festival”; he’s only half kidding…

Paul White in Meryl Tankard's The Oracle.© Regis Lansac. (Click image for larger version)

Meryl Tankard – The Oracle – London

It’s a virtuoso accomplishment by all the collaborators. …But Stravinsky’s score in this melodramatic recording, conducted by Kent Nagano, is too huge for a single figure.

Catherine Schaub Abkarian & the company in iniTMOi.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – iTMOi – London

No-one could have expected this to be another once-in-a-lifetime explosion of genius but this is nevertheless a ground-breaking work.

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International Ballet Festival 2013 – Dance Open – St Petersburg

The 12th International Ballet Festival – Dance Open – was held over 4 days in St Petersburg. Margaret Willis (our Ms Expressivity) was there to report on much ballet and not a little award giving…

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in The Rite of Spring.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Fabulous Beast – Rite of Spring, Petrushka – London

The vernal equinox having passed, here was my first sighting of The Rite of Spring in this the Centenary year of Stravinsky’s great masterpiece…

Anna Kaszuba (centre) in Petrushka.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Fabulous Beast in The Rite of Spring and Petrushka

30 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Scottish Ballet at 2013 Edinburgh Festival – work from 14 choreographers

Press Release 12 March 2013 SCOTTISH BALLET presents DANCE ODYSSEYS Edinburgh International Festival Festival Theatre Edinburgh Friday 16 – Monday 19 August 2013 Scottish Ballet invites Edinburgh International Festival audiences to experience dance…

Jennifer Stahl, Garen Scribner and James Sofranko in Possokhov's The Rite of Spring.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Guide to Strange Places, Beaux, Rite of Spring – San Francisco

Possokhov’s Rite of Spring is a mixture of mostly good choices with a few that seem rather odd to me.

Valeria Martynyuk in Don Quixote.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Gala – Baden-Baden

The Mariinsky Ballet’s annual Baden-Baden tour is something of a balletomane’s winter retreat and, with mild weather to boot over Christmas, provided yet another opportunity this season to catch up with the St. Petersburg company.

Monica Mason: A Life With The Royal Ballet Exhibition

The exhibition ‘Monica Mason: A Life With The Royal Ballet‘ opened in February, but only last week did I see it properly – at a private view, which also happily involved some speeches…

English National Ballet – Beyond Ballet Russes, Programme 1 – London

Firebird: To Williamson’s credit, the action, though baffling, never palls. He knows how to deploy a diverse cast, using an interesting vocabulary of classical ballet steps and partnering. He’s obviously fired up his dancers to commit themselves to their roles, flaunting their glitzy costumes with panache. But it’s a muddled piece, overpowered by Stravinsky’s myth-making music.

Monica Mason: A Life With The Royal Ballet – Exhibition

Monica Mason has had a unique career with The Royal Ballet, having worked with every previous Director of the Company. As her final Season as Director of The Royal Ballet begins to draw to a close, the Royal Opera House Collections Spring/Summer 2012 exhibition examines and celebrates her 54 years with the Company.

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