The Rite of Spring
Will you find The Rite of Spring to be as shocking and uncomfortable as people did when it first premiered 100 years ago? Let's find out!
As you watch this famous ballet, pay attention to how you feel. Many people find that the dissonant music and harsh choreography make them nervous. If you feel the same way, Stravinsky would be happy! He hoped his intense music would create intense and uncomfortable emotions like fear.
In this video, you'll see dancers from the Ballet Russes, the same ballet company that performed the original where audience members rioted. This performance is a close recreation of what Parisians watched in 1913.
If you can't watch the whole video, make sure you check out:
- Timestamp 4:38 — Watch the bassoon player perform the piece's famously haunting introduction
- Timestamp 7:57 — Watch the iconic opening scene where dancers hop to the music, accented on the offbeat
- Timestamp 34:18 (to the end) — In the story, the tribe member chosen for sacrifice dances to death! Watch her demise as the intense music builds.