Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)


One hundred and one years ago, Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre Du Printemps premiered in Paris at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. Produced by the Ballets Russes impresario Serge Diaghilev, with a mis en scene by Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky; choreography by Nijinsky. The opening night audience was not pleased by Stravinsky's dissonant percussive score and a riot broke out in the theatre.

Other books followed: including Terra Amata(1967), the short story collection Fever/La fievre (1968), War/La guerre (1970), and The Giants/Les geantes (1973). Le Clezio solidified his standing as an important author with the publication of the novel Desert (1980), which contrasted the massacre of a nomadic tribe in North Africa at the hands of the French colonials with the tale of a contemporary woman, a descendent of those nomads, returning to their homeland.

Shown with the published 1914 score are representations of a portrait of Stravinsky by Pablo Picasso, who was engaged as a set/costume designer for the Ballets Russes that season; a rendering of part of Nicolas Roerich's set design for the 1913 production; and a drawing of ballerina Marie Piltz performing the "Sacrificial Dance" segment of the ballet dated "Paris, 29 Mai 1913."

This exhibit is no longer on view.

Portrait of Igor Stravinsky by Pablo Picasso
Portrait of Igor Stravinsky by Pablo Picasso