Gemma New Conductor
Nocturnal Performance Visuals
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
In the heart of winter the NZSO summons up the primal forces of spring, with its performance of Stravinsky’s most notorious ballet: The Rite of Spring. Written for a ballet of the same name and choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, during its Paris premiere in 1913 the audience rioted. Did the provocatively barbarous dancing and thumping raucous music cause disgust and enrage some? Regardless, this work made Stravinsky’s name.
Nowadays, The Rite of Spring is considered one of the most influential and exciting works of the twentieth century, and concert hall performances enthral listeners, with its driving irregular rhythms, its innovative bitonality, its eerily distinctive melodies, and heart-palpitating energy. This performance of Stravinsky’s stunning work will be accompanied by an immersive visual design by leading New Zealand creatives, Nocturnal.
The Rite of Spring is part of the NZSO Festival season. It can be included as part of a Podium Series subscription, flexi-subscription or purchased as part of the Festival package. Full details and casual tickets for Festival packages will be available in early 2021.