My family lived in St. Petersburg, only a few blocks away from the famous Mariinsky Theater, so my parents on occasion took me there to experience the magic of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and, of course, The Sleeping Beauty.
Today we have conductor Scott Speck with us to talk about the music for the Joffrey's upcoming Russian Masters program. The company will perform Nijinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps," or "The Rite of Spring," with music by Stravinsky.
Perhaps you have noticed that 2013 is the centenary of the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Next year there will be much thought given to the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
Imagine trying to reconstruct Beethoven's Ninth Symphony from a handful of reviews of the original performance. This is the task that dance historians Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer embarked upon, when they began to piece together The Rite of Spring.
Turns out that Cusack, who ports a strong intellectual bent, is a huge "Rite of Spring" guy. Loving the music and fascinated by the 1913 Stravinsky riots, he ventured to Bunker Hill to see the performance.
Exactly one hundred years ago, a riot broke out among the Parisian sophisticates attending the premiere performance by the Ballets Russes of Le Sacre du printemps, otherwise known as The Rite of Spring..
It's been a busy fall for Emil Kang. For the past four years as Executive Director of Carolina Performing Arts, Kang has been planning The Rite of Spring at 100, an exploration of Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky's famous ballet that caused a riot at its premiere in 1913.
The restlessness that permeates the collections is mirrored within Kinder himself. He eventually hopes to widen his repertoire, not only expanding the label into menswear but possibly doing more collaborations in theatre and dance.