Gillian Moore

Mon 8 July 2019

The Rite of Spring

On 29 May 1913, at the Theatre des Champs- Elysees in Paris, a new ballet by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, received its premiere. When the curtain rose on a cast of frenziedly stamping dancers, a near-riot ensued, ensuring the evening would enter the folklore of modernism. Artistic Director of the Southbank, Gillian Moore explores the cultural climate that created The Rite, tells the story of the music and ballet and considers its influence on classical composers, film scores, jazz and the likes of Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa and The Pet Shop Boys.