The Rite of Spring + Petrushka
Sat 19 Apr
Sat 19 Apr 2014
A re-imagining of the Olivier-nominated version of The Rite of Spring, which premiered at the London Coliseum in 2009 to great critical acclaim. It is completed by Michael Keegan-Dolan’s new interpretation of Petrushka, composed by Stravinsky in 1911. Both pieces together create an intoxicating double bill of dance theatre that honours the searing modernity of Stravinsky’s music.
The imagery in The Rite of Spring is dark, shocking, violent and sexual. The rhythmic elements of the music are played out in scenes of a pagan fertility rite, as age is sacrificed and mother earth is worshipped. By contrast Petrushka is bright and light. Elements of folk dances and warmer days are conjured as the company dances for approval from their ancestors.
Performed by an international cast of 14, both works are theatrical interpretations of the original music that created such outrage and excitement in the early 20th century.
Presented by Dance Touring Partnership
Age suitability 16+
Contains nudity, sexual imagery and smoking