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A Russian Rite: Revisiting "The Rite of Spring" in Moscow

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 4:11 PM

"What do you think of the theory of K and Kh?" asked Professor Severine Neff at a recent conference in Moscow. No, this was not a discussion of the periodic table or component proteins. It was simply an intriguing tangent for a musical event: "Anniversary of a Masterpiece: Centenary of...

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Rebooting the Game: Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer Reconstruct Jeux for 'The Rite at 100'

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 5:50 PM

Imagine trying to reconstruct Beethoven's Ninth Symphony from a handful of reviews of the original performance. Or reimagine what Citizen Kane might have looked like, with a few snapshots but no actual footage of the original film. This is the task that dance historians Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer embarked...

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Ritual Action: Vijay Iyer and Prashant Bhargava Merge The Rite of Spring With the Holi Festival

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 2:26 PM

One of the frequently, though unusually, overlooked aspects of The Rite of Spring is its actual title: The Rite depicts, of course, a series of rites. The ritualistic quality of the ballet has been ignored for good reason: for decades after the work's first performance, Vaslav Nijinsky's original choreography, which...

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The American Stravinskys: The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates "The Rite of Spring" at 100

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Igor Stravinsky arrived in America in 1939, an émigré of World War II who had lived in Russia, Switzerland, and France. But in truth, Stravinsky had debuted in the United States several decades earlier. By the 1930s, the composer's acerbic musical language had been fully integrated into the sound-world of...

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Rewriting the Rite: Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart Meditate on The Rite of Spring

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 4:23 PM

"We were appalled at the idea of another Rite of Spring coming into the world," said Bill T. Jones recently -- strong words for a choreographer about to bring A Rite, a 21st century meditation on The Rite of Spring, to the stage of University of North Carolina's...

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Brooklyn Rider Makes It New

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 9:53 AM

Few ensembles embody Ezra Pound's 1934 modernist maxim "Make It New" as wholeheartedly as the string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Adept in playing everything from Beethoven to Roma improvisations to Philip Glass, Brooklyn Rider has been transforming the old into the new for nearly a decade.

Last month,...

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Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard Reflects on the Rite

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 10:20 AM

In June of 1912, a legendary meeting occurred between composers Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky. In preparation for the premiere of Stravinsky's masterpiece The Rite of Spring, the two composers sat down at the piano and played through -- (without rehearsing! ) -- the first half of the ballet. An...

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Emil Kang and The Rite of Spring

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 6:00 PM

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. In...

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