LA’s music and dance communities come together this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of the most infamous pieces of music ever composed, Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Want to find out why the original production sparked a riot? You have four chances to learn this month, thanks to a suite of programing from The Music Center’s LA’s Rite: Stravinsky, Innovation and Dance, which kicks off with the Joffrey Ballet’s reconstruction of the show’s original LA production from February 1-3.
Other February events: Extend your knowledge of this influential work by witnessing interpretations from dance students at the Colburn School, attending a Symposium with leading dance experts, or checking out an exhibition of photos and memorabilia exploring Stravinsky’s affect on dancers from LA. And, for extra credit: in what city did the great composer live most of his life? You guessed it – LA.
Start your Stravinsky immersion with The Joffrey Ballet’s performance of a reconstruction of the original Ballets Russes production with live orchestra for three performances only, February 1-3. Click here for details on these performances from Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center.
On July 11 2013, the Music Center will feature another Stravinsky masterpiece, Apollo – choreographed by George Balanchine and performed by the American Ballet Theater.
In October, contemporary dance company Nederlands Dans Theater will perform Chamber, which was deeply influenced by the Rite of Spring.