Le Sacre du Printemps

Joffrey Mavericks
May 29, 1913 saw the premiere of this work that would mark the end of dance of the Belle Epoque and the beginning of the modern era. This Nijinsky piece would only have 9 performances before disappearing from the Ballet Russes repertoire, to be reconstituted in 1920 with choreography by Massine. In 1987, the Joffrey Ballet reconstructed this work and it remains in their repertoire at regular intervals.
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Joffrey Ballet 1987 Rite of Spring (1 of 3) In 1987, the Joffrey Ballet received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant in Dance of 243,400 dollars "to support three self-produced seasons in New York City and Los Angeles, and the reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps." The reconstruction was done by Millicent Hodson, a choreographer and dance historian, and her husband Kenneth Archer, an art historian.

Joffrey Ballet 1987 Rite of Spring (1 of 3) In 1987, the Joffrey Ballet received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant in Dance of 243,400 dollars "to support three self-produced seasons in New York City and Los Angeles, and the reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps." The reconstruction was done by Millicent Hodson, a choreographer and dance historian, and her husband Kenneth Archer, an art historian.

Nicholas Roerich was the prime mover and, with Igor Stravinsky, the co-creator of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps, or The Rite of Spring.        At first entitled The Great Sacrifice: a Tableau of Pagan Russia, the motif for the ballet grew out of Roerich's absorption with antiquity.

Nicholas Roerich was the prime mover and, with Igor Stravinsky, the co-creator of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps, or The Rite of Spring. At first entitled The Great Sacrifice: a Tableau of Pagan Russia, the motif for the ballet grew out of Roerich's absorption with antiquity.

Erica Lynette Edwards as The Chosen One in the Rite of Spring.  During the performance, when the Sacrificial Virgin shook onstage during her solo dance, her hands held up by her cheeks, someone in the balcony cried out: “Call a doctor . . . a dentist . . . two doctors!!!”

Erica Lynette Edwards as The Chosen One in the Rite of Spring. During the performance, when the Sacrificial Virgin shook onstage during her solo dance, her hands held up by her cheeks, someone in the balcony cried out: “Call a doctor . . . a dentist . . . two doctors!!!”

Nicholas Roerich. Three Figures (A Youth and Maidens). Costume design for Stravinsky’s ballet “Le Sacre du Printemps” (Act I)

Nicholas Roerich. Three Figures (A Youth and Maidens). Costume design for Stravinsky’s ballet “Le Sacre du Printemps” (Act I)

Stravinsky writes, "... there arose a picture of a sacred pagan ritual: the wise elders are seated in a circle and are observing the dance before death of the girl whom they are offering as a sacrifice to the god of Spring in order to gain his benevolence. This became the subject of The Rite of Spring."

Stravinsky writes, "... there arose a picture of a sacred pagan ritual: the wise elders are seated in a circle and are observing the dance before death of the girl whom they are offering as a sacrifice to the god of Spring in order to gain his benevolence. This became the subject of The Rite of Spring."

Hodson & Archer's Reconstruction of Le Sacre du Printemps with the Joffrey Ballet

Hodson & Archer's Reconstruction of Le Sacre du Printemps with the Joffrey Ballet

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