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Spring Into Dance

From Stavinsky’s controversial The Rite of Spring to Jerome Robbins’ adaption of The Four Seasons, here are four classic spring-themed ballets worth revisiting this May.

The Rite of Spring

The most iconic and “on-the-nose” ballet on the list is composer Igor Stravinsky’s seminal 1913 work The Rite of Spring (known originally in French as Le Sacre du printemps). The concept of the ballet was based on an original outline by the Russian composer, and further developed by stage and costume designer Nicholas Roerich. It depicts various primitive rituals celebrating the arrival of spring.

A young girl chosen as a human sacrifice, where she must dance herself to death. When it was first performed for the 1913 Paris season, its avant-garde nature and choreography (by Vaslav Nijinsky) caused a sensation. It was embraced for its contemporary sensibilities, but also shunned by conservatives for being tasteless. Several audience members participated in angry riots condemning the ballet. Today, historians consider The Rite of Spring to be one of the most influential ballets ever written. It harnessed the art form into the modern age, and is often cited by scholars as one of the first ballets to feature “modernism in music.” It has been re-staged and performed by countless ballet companies around the world.