The Rite of Spring

011668’s kaiju-butoh reinterpretation of “The Rite of Spring” summons a horrible dancing creature from the Los Angeles River.

Act I
  1. Prelude: Toyota Millenium
  2. Fantasia 2012
  3. Strathclyde Motets: Dominus dabit benignitatem
  4. Augurs of Spring
  5. Here we go!
  6. Bring out the dancing lobsters!

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The Rite of Spring is a ballet and orchestral concert work by Igor Stravinsky. When first performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a ‘near-riot’ during the final scene, in which the protagonist is sacrificed to a horrible dancing creature. Audience members also began dancing, undressing, screaming, and thrashing on the ground as if possessed by an ecstatic godlike energy. The scene was immediately amended and never performed again.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States. Its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts and cover 4.5 billion years of history. The museum opened its doors to the public on 29 May 1913.

Artifact # 011668
is awoken by The Rite of Spring and escapes into the LA River.

By the 1930’s, the city of Los Angeles had rapidly expanded into the areas of the river which were prone to flooding and soon multiple sightings and public outcry prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to contain the creature in a trapezoidal hex of concrete.

costume collaboration with TSI
photos by Tina Sapszian

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