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A Century of "Rites": The Making of an Avant-Garde Tradition

Garafola, Lynn

In this essay I analyze some of the reasons for the continued vitality of "The Rite of Spring" more than a century after it was first performed. I argue that "'The Rite of Spring,' precisely because it is a lost ballet, comprises a body of ideas rather than a detailed choreographic script and that this conceptual freedom allows both for the ballet's continued reinvention and for the persistence of ideas associated with the original."


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"The Rite of Spring" at 100
University of Indiana Press

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Dance (Barnard College)
University of Indiana Press
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February 14, 2018