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The Rite of Spring

“I was guided by no system whatever. I heard, and I wrote what I heard. I am the vessel through which The Rite of Spring passed.”
– Igor Stravinsky

When it was originally performed in 1913, The Rite of Spring, a collaboration of Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky, shocked the audience with its audacious music and controversial subject matter. To mark the 100th anniversary of this exceptional work, Stanton Welch is honoring the tradition of artistic collaboration with his own Le Sacre du printemps, a world premiere featuring art by the famed Australian painter Rosella Namok. Also on the program is a world premiere by Edwaard Liang, an internationally renowned choreographer making his debut in Houston, and Pacific, a joyous and beautiful ballet by celebrated American choreographer Mark Morris.

7:30 PM on March 7, 9, 15, 16, 2013
2:00 PM on March 10, 17, 2013

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Murmuration (World Premiere)
Music: Ezio Bosso, Violin Concerto No. 1, "Esoconcerto" 
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Denise Tarrant, violin

Pacific, a Houston Ballet Premiere
Music: Lou Harrison, Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano
Choreography: Mark Morris
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: Jim Ingalls

Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)a World Premiere
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: Stanton Welch

Age Recommendation: at least 12 years of age


Performance in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street at Smith Street.

Ballet: The Rite of Spring
Dancer: Charles-Louis Yoshiyama
Photo by: Amitava Sarkar