Following the recent acid attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, Wayne McGregor’s new production of The Rite of Spring has been dropped. UPDATE: Instead, the company will dance a new version by Tatiana Baganova, director of the Provincial Dances Theatre in Yekaterinberg.
The Rite of Spring had its infamous first performance on May 29, 1913, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Igor Stravinsky’s music and Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography (pictured) caused an outcry. A century on from that riotous evening, The Rite of Spring will be celebrated around the world, with ballets, concerts, education projects and more.