The Rite of Spring

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May 29, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of ‘The Rite of Spring’, featuring a revolutionary musical score by lgor Stravinsky plus visionary and innovative choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.
ALDancers with the Portland State University Orchestra under the baton of Ken Selden joined world wide celebrations in performance: new choreography by Agnieszka Laska – premiered Friday June 7th at 8:00 PM. The “…electrifying…” premier launched The Rite of Spring Centenary Oregon Tour. First stop: Astoria Music Festival, June 29th at 7:30 PM.

“…Portland choreographer Agnieszka Laska, who like Diaghilev has never been afraid of controversy, has leapt to a new stage in her artistic development, creating a show which inventively combines distinctive elements of her choreographic repertoire with moves inspired by classic ballet and the landmark 1987 Joffrey Ballet “Rite” reconstruction (Vaslav Nijinsky’s original choreography has been largely lost). And then, just when you think you’ve seen it all, she tops it off with an unflinching gaze at the work’s barbaric denouement…”

Jeff Winslow, Oregon Arts Watch
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“…Laska’s own choreography was dramatic and emotional, balanced between narrative and abstract, deeply engaging and captivating. At times I lost track of the story and lost myself completely in the swirling movement and energy onstage. The dancing was heartfelt and attacked the choreography with commitment and passion…”

Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Arts Watch
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…Agnieszka Laska’s work was a poignant tribute to the original Nijinsky movements [...] the dancers performed with skill and passion. Lauren Michelle Richmond contributed an intense performance as The Chosen One during the “Sacrificial Dance”….

Erin Cano, “Beauty and power abound in Chicago Philharmonic season opener”
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“…Overall, the evening was simply brilliant. Everything worked, including the scanty costumes created by Rebecca Price. Add to that the piano music, the clever choreography and the enthusiasm of the dancers, the poise of the lead dancer, the eerie lighting and the bare staging. Complexity produced simplicity. It was raw, visceral. Memorable [...] And when the instigator of this riot was coaxed on stage to receive her traditional bouquet, the adulation would have made Nijinsky proud…”

Patrick Webb, The Daily Astorian
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“…Terrific dancing by Lauren Michelle Richmond as The Chosen One helped give this “Rite” a lasting impression…”

James Bash, Northwest Reverb
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“…a live performance by the ALDancers of an excerpt from “The Rite of Spring.” The ensemble delivered an exuberant dance, choreographed by Agnieszka Laska, that embraced the music full throttle, and it pointed enthusiastically to June when they will perform the entire ballet…”

James Bash, Oregon Music News

The Rite of Spring production is made possible by an RACC Special Opportunity Grant and generous donors -
thank you all:

Cassy Adams, Iwona Baranska, Beata Berent, Pawel & Basia Bialowas, Ewa & Stanislaw Bleszynski, Helena Bujak, Jozef & Jadwiga Bylina, Leodan Felipe Calderon, Bozena Celnik, Diane Chaplin, Angela Choi, Malgorzata Cieszkowska, Dina Colosimo, Jayme Dawson, Nigel & Karissa Dean, Connie DeNault, Mizu Desierto, Mai Doan, Russell Dodge, Danuta Drozdek, ID Experts, Chuck & Denise Fahsholz, Nada Fahsholz, Justin Fijak, Alicja & Jarek Fiszer, Rod Frost, Jack Gabel, John & Marcia Garrick, Gary Germer, Don Kern & Carla Grant, Deena Grossman, Krystyna Drozd & Wieslaw Jedrzejewski, Rick Kam, Zbigniew & Ola Kasior, Edward & Karolina Kolinski, Krystyna Korfanty, Gavin Larsen, Becky Lawhorn, Bill Lawhorn, Paulina Lea, Chris Leck, Stefan Leopold, Mai Leopold, Nancy Lisicki, Sherry & Patrick McCraw, Caitlin Miller, Catherine Olson, Tylar Painter, Czeslaw Czapla & Antoinette Pietka, Wid Prajugo, Elzbieta Prusiewicz, Bill Reynolds, Dean Richardson, Mark Richmond, Ashley Rochholz, Jan Rosenthal, Scott Schmitz, Johan Sebastian, Ken Selden, April Shattuck, Amber Smodey, Kevin Sprague, Maria Stolecka, Caroline Swanson, Larry Tapanen, Mathieu Thogerson, Larry Tyrrell, Darlene Unsicker, Erik Wheeler, Sydne Wheeler, Ewa & Stanislaw Wielgosz, Chris Wilkie, Linda Zirk.

In kind donations from: Astoria Music Festival, Bag & Baggage, Body Vox, Cappella Romana, Chris Leck Photography, Classical Ballet Academy, Coho Theater, Grandpa’s Cafe, Home Grown Portland, ID Experts, In Mulieribus, Lucky Strike – Szechuan Restaurant, North Pacific Music, Northwest New Music, NW Dance Project, Opera Theater Oregon, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Ballet Theater, Performance Works NorthWest, Polish Festival, Polish Library Association, Polish Music at Polish Hall, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Portland Dancewear, Robokchoy, Sumi Wu Studios, The Headband Shoppe, Trader Joe’s

All pictures by Chris Leck Photography

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