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Shaken by an earthquake; Igor Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes. Sandy Burnett. Monday 12 March 2018

This is the story of one of the greatest creative collaborations of all between composer Igor Stravinsky and Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The Ballets Russes’s team of dancers, choreographers and costume and set designers, all at the forefront of their several fields, transformed expectations of what a night in the theatre could be. The lecture explores the circumstances behind the most notorious stage work of all, The Rite of Spring and the build-up to its premiere in Paris, and takes a look at the original costumes, plays excerpts from Stravinsky’s fascinating inventive score, and explores what it was that divided opinions and scandalized that first night audience quite so dramatically, causing the riot at the Rite in 1913.