A fascinating day today at Sadler's Wells' Lilian Bayliss Theatre, where the dance historian Millicent Hodson gave a detailed account of her reconstruction of Nijinsky's 'Rite of Spring' ( more accurately referred to as 'Sacre du Printemps').
I'll be brief here, because I know Suzanne McCarthy is writing a full piece for the May Ballet.Co mag but it was one of the most enjoyable dance-related events that I've been to in a long time. The fact that there were only eleven audience members made the whole thing feel more like an informal gathering of friends - Millicent got us to introduce ourselves, so we all knew something about each other from the start, which was a great help
No other piece of music, apparently, has had as many versions choreographed as Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' and we saw extracts from several on film - Martha Graham, Maurice Bejart, Pina Bausch, Mats Eks and Molissa Fenley etc. (of these I thought the Bausch version looked the most interesting), but Hodson's realisation of Nijinsky's work, danced by the Joffrey Ballet, looked absolutely stunning, helped by wonderful set and costume designs.
The chap sitting next to me, Bill Lax, turned out to be a Ballet.co 'lurker'. Without a blush, he readily admitted he was a regular visitor to our beloved site. Why have you never posted, then? I asked. I received some laughable excuse about not being 'an expert' like the rest of us!.
Not good enough. - shame on you, sir! You know what you have to do.