News: A String of Rites next Spring

Tuesday 13 November 2012 by Sarah Kearney

Akram Khan Company 'iTMOi - in the mind of igor' Photo: Richard Haughton

Exactly 100 years since its first performance took Paris by storm, Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring will be celebrated at Sadler’s Wells in 2013 with a reinterpretation by choreographer Akram Khan, as part of A String of Rites season marking the centenary from April – June.

A new full-length work, Khan’s iTMOi (in the mind of igor) features an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost. The piece explores the human condition and the way in which Stravinsky transformed his work by evoking emotions through pattern, rooted in the concept of a woman dancing herself to death.

Also part of A String of Rites season Sadler’s Wells presents two works in April 2013 by its most recently announced Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan. Keegan-Dolan’s Olivier-nominated version of The Rite of Spring premiered at the London Coliseum in 2009. The evening is completed by Keegan-Dolan’s new interpretation of Petrushka, composed by Stravinsky in 1911, to be performed by the dancers of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre.

A String of Rites season will conclude with RIOT Offspring produced by Sadler’s Wells’ Creative Learning programme featuring a large cast of approximately 80 non-professional participants of all ages and abilities. Prompted by recent riots, the cast of RIOT Offspring explore their own perceptions of rites, rituals and riots on the theatre’s main stage.

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, The Rite of Spring & Petrushka
11 – 13 April 2013
Akram Khan Company, iTMOi 28 May – 1 Jun 2013
National Youth Dance Company & Riot Community Company RIOT Offspring, 8 June 2013

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