Decomposing the Classics

Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart Deconstruct The Rite of Spring Feb 8 & Feb. 9

By Annamarya Scaccia

Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” is a seminal work.

The 1913 ballet and orchestral piece was, for all intents and purpose, ahead of its time. Its first performance on May 29, 1913 at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees even caused a near riot by the audience. Like most avant-garde works that push the boundaries of social standard, “The Rite of Spring” turned experimentation on its head.

And on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, the piece will be pulled apart and restored when choreographer Bill T. Jones and SITI Company’s Anne Bogart deconstruct its original score for “A Rite.” The modernistic performance aims to influence and bend the way in which classic works are regarded.

The performance will take place at 8 p.m. on both dates at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Stadium Drive and Rte. 193 in College Park. A Talk Back session is scheduled after the Friday set.

“A Rite,” which is the first collaboration between Jones and Bogart, is supported in part by an National Endowment for the Arts award.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company & Siti Company: A Rite

Friday, February 8 & Saturday, February 9

8 p.m.

Tickets: $10-$50

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre

University of Maryland

Stadium Drive and Rte. 193

College Park, MD 20742

Photo: Paul B. Goode/Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, January 28, 2013

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