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            Bishop’s Stortford

    Decorative & Fine Arts Society


 Registered Charity Number: 281725


      A Member Society of


     The Arts Society












13th October


“Shaken by an Earthquake – Igor Stravinsky, the Ballets Russes, and the astonishing 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring”


Sandy Burnett



The lecture will tell us the story of one of the greatest creative collaborations of all:  Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, whose team of dancers, choreographers, and costume and set designers transformed expectations of what a night in the theatre could be, and the circumstances behind its most notorious stage work of all.  Sandy will examine the build-up to the Rite of Spring’s premiere in Paris, take a look at the original costumes, play excerpts from this fascinatingly inventive score, and explore what divided opinions of that first-night audience quite so dramatically.  No, nothing could top the riot at the Rite in 1913…




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