The Ballet that Incited a Riot

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Imagine a ballet starting a riot! Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" did just that. Find out why the audience was so outraged by the score, choreography, costuming, and sets in this tradition-breaking ballet.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Coordinate the showing with the dance and music departments
Classroom Considerations
  • Most appropriate for performing arts classes 
  • Some background knowledge of the Russian Revolution and post World War I conditions would be helpful but not necessary
  • The "Dig Deeper" section provides links to videos of the opening scene, to the full score, and biographies of Stravinsky and Nijinsky, the choreographer
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