The Riot of Spring

On the 29th May 1913, The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky premiered at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. Not knowing whether to be more appalled by Stravinsky’s uncompromising experimentations in dissonance, tonality, rhythm and meter or by Vaslav Nijinsky’s unconventional, horizontal, pigeon-toed choreography, the Parisian audience reacted as their instincts told them. They rioted. Stravinsky and Nijinsky, it seemed, had succeeded in achieving the holy grail of art – they had created something entirely new.

One hundred years on Rob Drummond will work with a dancer and a musician to create a piece which will fuse written narrative theatre with dance and live music. A virgin is sacrificed for the good of a community, a group of tourists dance themselves to death in a city square and an artist drives himself to the brink of insanity in his quest to create something completely original.

Rob Drummond is an award-winning playwright, performer and theatre maker. His wide ranging work includes the critically acclaimed Wrestling, for which he trained as a professional wrestler and the magical theatre show Bullet Catch, which was a huge hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, winning both a Herald Angel and a Total Theatre Award.

Part of Behaviour festival.

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