That was Igor Stravinsky's seat for the world premier of his groundbreaking work "The Rite of Spring". From this seat, Stravinsky witnessed one of the most famous audience reactions in the history of performing arts - A Riot!
Nearly 100 years later, The Academy revisits this moment that set the world of music and dance on its ear! Widely recognized as a pillar of modern music and modern dance, Stravinsky's masterpiece is a perfect match for an arena that demands bold statements and powerful music. In the spirit of this landmark work, The Academy offers a glimpse into the moment that ushered in the modern artistic age to the masses, now adapted and transformed for the marching age.
Following the basic story line of the ballet, pagan rituals and images have been re-imagined to create a modern urban tribe. From the birth of the urban tribe, to the celebration of new life and the arrival of spring, the passionate ritual that sparks a riot, and finally the death and sacrifice of the chosen one.
Stravinsky intended his masterpiece to be a celebration of rebirth. The Academy continues that journey with the harmonious epilogue from the Broadway show "Spring Awakening". Inspired by the beauty of life cycles and the ending that Stravinsky never wrote, this production concludes and celebrates the time of year that brings us together with "The Song of Purple Summer".
By undertaking this masterwork, The Academy dares to bring the Rite of Spring back to the visual world in a new and exciting way. Reminding us that this landmark is meant to be seen, not just heard
"Left of Spring": Stravinsky Revisited.
Spring will never be the same!