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EYE ON DANCE Unearths “The Rite of Spring”

EYE ON DANCE Unearths “The Rite of Spring”




National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park,
New York, NY


Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:30pm




EYE ON DANCE Unearths “The Rite of Spring”
April 12 at 6:30pm
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park, NY NY 10003
RSVP: roundtable@thenationalartsclub.org (212-475-3424)
Video screening and discussion. FREE.


When the Ballets Russes premiered “The Rite of Spring” (Le Sacre du Printemps) with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky to Stravinsky's new score in Paris in May, 1913, the theater erupted in a riot.  The dancers could not count the music, the musicians did not consider it music and the movements did not resemble classical ballet. The birth of modernism!  Many years later an historian labeled this performance a warning of a century to come in which the world sacrificed its best people searching for peace.

The Joffrey Ballet performed “Rite” in 1987 reconstructed by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer. Celia Ipiotis, creator of the television series, Eye on Dance, interviewed Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer in 1987.  Ipiotis will show the program and interview two former Joffrey dancers: Nicole Duffy Robertson and Denise Jackson Sutherland.
Public Screening: EYE ON DANCE recorded in 1987 
(c. 1987 ARC All Rights Reserved)
Topic: “Le sacre du printemps” Reborn
EOD Guests: Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer
Host: Celia Ipiotis

Talk: The intense process involved in reconstructing the 1913
“Rite of Spring” for the Joffrey Ballet in 1987
Dance Excerpts: Joffrey Ballet performing “The Rite of Spring”
Guests: Nicole Duffy Robertson and Denise Jackson Sutherland,
 Former Joffrey Ballet dancers
Moderator: Celia Ipiotis
Talk: Experiencing the reconstruction of a groundbreaking
 piece and assessing the results.
Q & A

Created by Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush, EYE ON DANCE is a production of the nonprofit organization Arts Resources in Collaboration, Inc.  EYE ON DANCE was recently designated “an irreplaceable national dance treasure.”
For more information: eyeonthearts@gmail.com


Photo: Joffrey Ballet production of “The Rite of Spring” 1987. “The Chosen One” Beatriz Rodriguez. Credit: Jeff Bush.

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