The Rite of Spring37 MINS2017Dance
Christopher HampsonIgor StravinskyRoss MacGibbon
Scottish BalletConstance DevernayBethany Kinglsey-GarnerAndrew PeasgoodSophie MartinMia ThompsonChristopher HampsonIgor StravinskyRoss MacGibbonScottish Ballet Orchestra
Intense and visceral, Christopher Hampson’s The Rite of Spring is presented 100 years after the original production (created for Atlanta Ballet) revolutionised the world of dance and music. Set to Stravinsky’s exhilarating score and performed live by the full Scottish Ballet Orchestra, Hampson uses three dancers to reinvent the now infamous story of remorseless human sacrifice with brutal physicality and primal energy. This challenging work examines themes of violence, obedience and domination. It is simultaneously delicate and aggressive, rhythmic and dissonant - using the full orchestra to maximum effect. Stravinsky wrote The Rite of Spring for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company. It caused sensation when it opened in 1913, as it was unlike anything ballet audiences had experienced before. It is now considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century. The Rite of Spring amassed five star reviews when performed at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2013 and again in September 2017 as part of a national tour.