The Rite of Spring

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

[strobe warning]


The Rite of Spring is a ballet and orchestral concert work by Igor Stravinsky. When first performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on

May 29, 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.

November 5 1913

William Mulholland completes the Los Angeles Aqueduct, draining the Owens Valley of its water.

By 1926, Owens lake begins to desiccate. 

A prehistoric arthropod is found in the alkaline residue.
011668 is awoken by The Rite of Spring and escapes through the aqueduct into Los Angeles, eventually finding its way into the LA River.

1938, 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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