Rite of Spring and Firebird
Presented by Elan Hair and Skin
April 27 - 29, 2012 at TPAC's Jackson Hall
Part of Nashville Ballet's Contemporary Series
With a double-bill of Stravinsky scores, Nashville Ballet presents Rite of Spring and Firebird together for the first time with live music from The Nashville Symphony.
Stravinsky’s own vision of a pagan ritual sacrifice inspired the Rite of Spring composition. The score was originally paired with provocative choreography that debuted in 1913 Paris depicting primitive fertility rites. The shocking content incited riots after the performance. Noted modern choreographer Salvatore Aiello created his own version of the piece in 1995, providing updated choreography that Nashville Ballet will apply to the classic score.
In Firebird, Paul Vasterling’s own original choreography will accompany Stravinsky’s memorable music with new costumes. The Firebird, an other-worldly being whose origin is left to interpretation, meets a human man and teaches him about love in all of its forms. Some view the Firebird as an alien who appears by accident, while others see it as an angel sent on purpose to lead the main character through his journey of discovery.
Rite of Spring and Firebird have adult themes and are not recommended for young audience members.
Rite of Spring and Firebird will be held at TPAC’s Jackson Hall for three performances:
Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m.
Rite of Spring and Firebird Footnotes Presentation -- TPAC’s Tier Level Lobby
If you have questions about the performance or are interested in learning more about it, arrive 30 minutes early to attend an informative presentation by one of the artists involved in the process of creating the ballet.