The Rite of Spring & Its Legacies: Global & Regional Perspectives

A First Rites Event

Above, a posed group of dancers in the original 1913 production of the Ballets Russes' Rite of Spring, showing costumes and backdrop by Nicholas Roerich.

Performance & Symposium

Date: September 22, 2013

Time: 2:00 - 5:30 pm; Coffee and Registration begin at 1:30 pm

Location: Sears Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center

Sponsor: The University of Dayton Arts Series

 Eileen Carr

Phone number: 937-229-2787

Website: Arts Series (www) >>

100 years ago a ballet premiered in Paris that shocked audiences, incited a riot in the theater, and inspired a century of artists. The excitement, the controversies, and the beauty of the Ballets Russes' Rite of Spring is coming to the University of Dayton, and all are invited to help celebrate!

As the newspapers around the world reported at the time, audiences hissed the innovative premier on May 29th, 1913. Featuring the radical dance of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, costumes and sets by Nicholas Roerich and the groundbreaking rhythmic barbarism of Stravinsky’s music, the Rite of Spring simultaneously shocked and excited that first audience. The artistic revolution set in motion by the work reverberated through the century - radically influencing music, dance, fashion, set design and painting. The centenary of the event is an opportune time to reflect upon not only the significance of the debut (considered at the time to be scandalous), but also the ways in which the work came to shape the development of modernism.

This symposium brought together leading scholars in the field: Dr. Lynn Garafola, professor of dance at Barnard College, author of the award-winning Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and editor of The Ballets Russes and Its World; Dr. Mary E. Davis, Dean of Studies of the Fashion Institute of Technology and author of Ballets Russes Style: Diaghilev’s Dancers and Paris Fashion and Classic Chic: Music, Fashion and Modernism; and art historian and Russian literature scholar, Dr. Nina Gourianova, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at Northwestern University and author of The Aesthetics of Anarchy: Art and Ideology in the Early Russian Avant-Garde. Joining them was musicologist and dance historian, Dr. Samuel Dorf, Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton and organizer of the symposium who shared his research on the Ballets Russes performances in Dayton and Cincinnati during their 1916 and 1917 American tours. These engaging presentations included a dynamic solo performance of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring by acclaimed pianist Dr. Ingrid Keller, Assistant Professor of Music at Northern Kentucky University.

Ohio Humanities CouncilThis event was documented by Classical WDPR 88.1 and was made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This event was part of the University of Dayton’s "Rites. Rights. Writes." experience in human rights and the arts.

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