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The Rites of Spring

Professor Stephanie Jordan will present a programme on BBC Radio 3, at 12.15pm on Saturday 25 May, celebrating the centenary of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

Posted: 23 May 2013

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Professor Stephanie Jordan

Timed to commemorate the centenary of the riotous debut of The Rite of Spring in Paris, Stephanie Jordan, Professor of Dance research at the University of Roehampton, looks at Stravinsky’s ground-breaking work principally as a dance.

Jordan investigates how Stravinsky’s wildly pagan score spawned a new kind of earthy dance; a dance that was unfamiliar and unsettling to audiences used to the demure classical ballet of the 19th century.

The programme features interviews with choreographers Akram Khan and Mark Morris, both devising new interpretations of the Rite. Jordan meets Deborah Bull, who danced the role of the Chosen Maiden and Monica Mason, for whom the Royal Ballet’s Kenneth MacMillan created his legendary solo choreography. Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer explain how they reconstructed Nijinsky’s 1913 ballet and Marin Alsop describes the physicality involved in conducting Stravinsky’s score today.

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