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Joffrey Ballet & “Le Sacre du printemps”

Certainly no other piece of classical music has been written about as much as has Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” But since its premiere in May, 1913, Nijinsky’s choreography was almost immediately forgotten (or suppressed). But in 1987 the Joffrey Ballet presented a marvelous reconstruction, and their performance was broadcast on PBS. The tape of that original reconstruction has been mired in litigation, but it’s available on Youtube here, in a rather “samizdat” version copied from the original TV broadcast.  It’s well worth seeing (and much better danced than the rather sloppy version available on DVD from Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg).

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