Rite of Spring

A playground lost in (dys)function, (dis)order and earplugs. A leftover tarp and a rake without a handle, and a bunch of other everyday objects share space with the three dancers trying to execute a very accurate version of The Rite of Spring.

A great classic, reformulated by Norrdans’ Artistic Director Martin Forsberg. This creation is a macrocosm in a small space, where scales, volume and vibrations take center stage. The beauty finds its place next to the sublime, and the captivating next to the distorted. The dance comes dangerously close and the grand notes of composer Stravinsky manifest in a small but explosive ensemble, a form of rebellious playfulness and total lack of sacrifice.

The Rite of Spring was performed for the very first time in 1913 at Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris, then by the Russian Ballet. Its reception was so tumultuous that the police was called to the scene. Through the years, the Rite of Spring has been produced in a number of different interpretations.

Choreography, Set- and Costume Design: Martin Forsberg

Composer: Igor Stravinskij
Artistic Partner: Marco Herløv Høst
Dancers: Chang Liu, Johanna Forsehag, Elia Zahnd
Rehearsal Director: Shumpei Nemoto
Tour Technician: Johan Hakala

Special thanks to NHC and Alberte Buch Gøbel, Elias Kraft, Yeji Lim, Jonathan Starr