The Rite of Spring

Le Sacre du printemps

Andonis Foniadakis, Igor Stravinsky


Ritual is trance

Andonis Foniadakis

Infos & Cast


Infos & Cast

Le Sacre du Printemps

Created for the Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet in 2013

9, 10, 11, 12 June 2021 – 7PM and 9PM
at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM)

Choreographer Andonis Foniadakis
Costumes designer Anastasios-Tassos Sofroniou
Lighting designer Mikki Kunttu
Music Igor Stravinsky

Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet

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In 1913, Stravinsky unleashed his neopagan paean to Spring on Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and opened the 20th century to music. Fistfights and catcalls hailed the premiere with an audience torn between love and hate for the piece’s frenetic rhythms, unexpected dissonances and swinging dynamics, as well as Vaclav Nijinsky’s avant-gardist choreography. Stravinsky and Nijinsky had imagined a human sacrifice ritual in ancient Russia where a young girl, the Chosen One, is made to dance herself to death.
Andonis Foniadakis edited The Rite of Spring for the Geneva Ballet in 2007, paring the work down to a virtual solo for one woman, the lone victim of the work’s ritual brutality. Six years later, Foniadakis was asked to extend his piece to involve the whole company.


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