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Stravinsky's 'Sacre du Printemps'
14th of July 2018 at St.Moritz, Switzerland for Origen Festival Cultural
The Japanese choreographer Yuka Oishi reinterprets Stravinskys infamous “Sacre du printemps” – the scandalous piece that was created by Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes in 1913. On stage there will be just one legendary dancer, Sergei Polunin. The Solo is inspired by Nijinskys demand for a “feeling, not thinking human”, by masterpieces of the Art Brut, by the essence of rebellion.
Yuka Oishi: “Nijinsky is a legendary ballet dancer and choreographer. When I heard the music of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, everything in the idea came together perfectly. What I tried to approach in this piece is humanity, not crazy madness. I wanted to work with light and shadow, fact and emotion, what we all have inside us.”
“The Rite of Spring” is a ballet and orchestral concert work by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company; the original choreography was by Vaslav Nijinsky with stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich. When first performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation and a near-riot in the audience.
Although designed as a work for the stage, with specific passages accompanying characters and action, the music achieved equal if not greater recognition as a concert piece and is widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.