Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company & Anne Bogart’s SITI Company join forces for this production
Next Wave Festival 2013: A RiteBAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, NY) Map it $20
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company & SITI Company
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Anne Bogart, Bill T. Jones, and Janet Wong
In collaboration with the performers
Since its riot-inciting Parisian premiere a century ago, The Rite of Spring has taken on near-mythic status as a symbol of artistic insurrection and a cornerstone of the avant-garde. In A Rite, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company—two ensembles with rich histories at BAM—join minds, bodies, and voices to offer this dance-theater celebration of Stravinsky’s incendiary work and its tremendous cultural resonance.
With clutched thighs and fists beating the ground, barefoot performers channel Vaslav Nijinsky’s original 1913 choreography to the crackle of a vintage recording. A shell-shocked WWI vet hears bombs in the opening chords, while an impassioned scholar waxes poetic about the radical structure of Stravinsky’s work. As the maelstrom morphs into chorales sung by the actors and dancers, who are virtually indistinguishable from one another, we tread the raw nerves of a masterpiece, which touches ours in return.