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Watch: Insights into The Rite of Spring

Monica Mason rehearses with Claudia Dean, and Barry Wordsworth demonstrates how to conduct a work built on revolutionary rhythms.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 November 2013 at 1.05pm | 1 Comment

The Rite of Spring was the focus of a recent ROH Insight session with the original 'Chosen One' Monica Mason, Royal Ballet Artist Claudia Dean, and conductor Barry Wordsworth.

'Today we're more used to seeing contemporary dance so perhaps it doesn't look as odd now on classical dancers as it must have done but it's really not like anything else.' said former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason as she rehearsed with Claudia.

The Rite of Spring is a ballet filled with discombobulating and revolutionary rhythms, intentionally incorporated in to the score by its composer Igor Stravinsky: 'He had bits of paper with 'two' and 'three' [written on them], so that the score would be completely without a pattern; he threw them up in the air, picked them up and wrote this piece in the order of the pieces that he picked up off the floor,' Royal Ballet Music Director Barry Wordsworth told the audience of a particular section examined at the Insight session, 'Suffice to say that this passage never gets any easier because he wrote it so that you couldn't predict where the twos and threes's that which gives it the tension and excitement'

Watch our playlist of Rite of Spring films:

The Chroma/Human Seasons/Rite of Spring Mixed Programme runs from 9 – 23 November. Tickets are sold out, though returns may become available. 

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 November 2013 at 1.05pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Barry Wordsworth, by Kenneth Macmillan, Claudia Dean, Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps, Music, Production, Rehearsal, score, The Rite of Spring

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  1. Benita Whalley responded on 9 November 2013 at 3:58am Reply

    Fantastic Claudia congratulations.

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