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The Rite of Spring: The 100-Year Shockwave
May 29th @ 7 p.m.

In this anniversary documentary, the ballet’s influence is traced from its initial explosion on May 29th 1913 right up to the present time.  This show features brief interviews and first-hand recollections of the famous first night, from Dame Marie Rambert, who was one of the dancers, and Igor Stravinsky, who was in the audience. There are also memories of the Berlin premiere in 1923 and the 50th anniversary performance in London conducted by Pierre Monteux, who was the original conductor in 1913, as well as comments on the work’s enduring power from major artists of today: dancer Dame Monica Mason, and conductors such as the late Sir Colin Davis and Valery Gergiev. The program will also feature extended excerpts from“The Rite of Spring” as conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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