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Dance 260 Research Project: Nijinsky and The Rite of Spring

A guide to help student's in Bonnie Simoa's Group Choreography class perform research for their assignments.

Pina Bausch - The Rite of Spring

A photo from Pina Bausch's Rite of Spring

Martha Graham - The Rite of Spring

Martha Graham Dance Company-- the rite of spring

Molissa Fenley - State of Darkness (The Rite of Spring)

Molissa Fenley performs "State of Darkness"

Shen Wei - The Rite of Spring

a photo of Shen Wei's production of the Rite of Spring

Vaslav Nijinsky - The Rite of Spring

a photo from the Joffrey Ballet performance of Nijinsky's "The Right of Spring" Nijinsky's Rite of Spring with Scene Design

The Rite of Spring - Nijinsky

Vaslav Nijinsky and The Rite of Spring

Watch a live orchestra play The Rite of Spring before you watch any dancers:

  •         red checkmarkThe Search For Nijinsky's Rite of Spring (56:12)
                   Use this video as your point of comparison. You must compare this work with the work of           
                    another choreographer, one who is listed in the "The Rite of Spring - Other Choreographers"
                    box below.
    This is the Joffrey Ballet's 1987 production of Vaslav Nijinsky and Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of
                    Spring, using the original sets, costumes, and choreography from the 1913 production.
  • Here's another video of the same production, with different commentary:
    Le Sacre du printemps / The Rite of Spring - Ballets Russes (42:02)
    Reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky's original 1913 choreography, at the Ballet Mariinsky Theate

Film Clips from the May 29, 1913 Premiere at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées

Other works by Nijinsky:

  • Afternoon of a Faun (12:47)
    Sets/costume: Leon Bakst
    Music: Claude Debussy
    Choreography: Vaslav Nijinksi
    Male Dancer: Rudolf Nureyev
  • Riot at the Rite
    BBC Movie about the creation and the first rehearsals and performance of "The Rite of Spring" in 1913, complete with riot scene.

The Rite of Spring - Other Choreographers

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