Rites of Spring
As we move from season to season, The Rite of Spring may well come to mind. But as Stravinsky’s music plays in your head, what do you visualize? At least ten different conceptions of this iconic score have been presented at the Pillow, and here you can sample several.
The Pillow’s 2015 season opened with this brand-new vision of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” by Gustavo Ramírez Sansone, the former director of Luna Negra.
Martha Graham Dance Company
The Rite of Spring, 2013
Although Graham herself danced The Chosen One in 1930, she didn’t get around to choreographing her own version until 1984, and she personally rehearsed it on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage that same year.
Compagnie Heddy Maalem
Le Sacre du Printemps, 2008
This French-Algerian choreographer brought together dancers from five different African countries to embody his vision, for which he used Stravinsky’s original title, Le Sacre du Printemps.
Nederlands Dans Theater 2
Dream Play, 2007
These dancers perform on a stage within a stage to bring Swedish choreographer Johan Inger’s vision of a mysterious daydream to life. Nederlands Dans Theater 2 made its Pillow debut in this Dream Play.
Emanuel Gat Dance
The Rite of Spring, 2006
This 2004 vision of The Rite of Spring by Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat combines the rhythms of Salsa dance with Stravinsky’s timeless score.
Asian and Asian-American
Sahomi Tachibana, Eiko Otake, Koma Otake, Reona Seo + 20 others
State of Darkness, 1988
The boldly individual Molissa Fenley first brought her State of Darkness to the Pillow shortly after it was created in 1988, and returned to see a dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet perform it on the same stage in 2014.