In 1913, the unfamiliar sounds of The Rite of Spring were enough to ignite rage and rioting in a passionate public. 100 years later, prompted by recent riots, the cast of 100 dancers in RIOT Offspring explore their own perceptions of rites, rituals and riots, creating a powerful piece of dance theatre.
RIOT Offspring, the third commission in the String of Rites series, marking the centenary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring unites five international choreographers, the Southbank Sinfonia and an intergenerational cast of 100 dancers drawn from the local community.
The work explores contemporary reactions to this iconic music and to themes of rites, rituals and riots. A key reason this new dance production has been commissioned (besides its inclusion in the String of Rites, the mini-season focused on Stravinsky’s landmark score) is to reinforce Sadler’s Wells’ commitment to bring dance to all kinds of people regardless of age, race, cultural background, physical ability or level of experience.
Sadler's Wells Production
Pascal Merighi (guest artist, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch)
The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps)
Lighting Designer :
Designer Abigail Hammond
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