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Dance | Theater

A Rite

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NYC premiere
Oct 3—Oct 5, 2013
RUN TIME: Approx 1hr 5min
October 2013
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Thursday October 03, 2013
Performances no longer available.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company & SITI Company
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Anne Bogart, Bill T. Jones, and Janet Wong
In collaboration with the performers

Since its riot-inciting Parisian premiere a century ago, The Rite of Spring has taken on near-mythic status as a symbol of artistic insurrection and a cornerstone of the avant-garde. In A Rite, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company—two ensembles with rich histories at BAM—join minds, bodies, and voices to offer this dance-theater celebration of Stravinsky’s incendiary work and its tremendous cultural resonance.

With clutched thighs and fists beating the ground, barefoot performers channel Vaslav Nijinsky’s original 1913 choreography to the crackle of a vintage recording. A shell-shocked WWI vet hears bombs in the opening chords, while an impassioned scholar waxes poetic about the radical structure of Stravinsky’s work. As the maelstrom morphs into chorales sung by the actors and dancers, who are virtually indistinguishable from one another, we tread the raw nerves of a masterpiece, which touches ours in return.

Lighting design by Robert Wierzel
Costume design by James Schuette

A Rite was commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additional commissioning support provided by: The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.

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Mon, Sep 30, 2013
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Janet Wong, associate artistic director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, leads dancers through the creative structures used to generate this season’s A Rite.

Iconic BAM Artists
Bill T. Jones
Bill T. Jones

In addition to creating more than 140 works for his own company, Bill T. Jones has received many commissions to create dances for modern and ballet companies, and has choreographed and directed opera and theater productions.

Anne Bogart

Anne Bogart is the artistic director and co-founder of SITI Company.

2013 Next Wave Festival
Sep 17—Dec 22, 2013
2013 Next Wave Festival
Sep 17—Dec 22, 2013

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