WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Berkshire Symphony, in collaboration with the departments of Music, Dance, and Theatre at Williams College, will stage a multi-faceted presentation of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring to celebrate the centennial of this ground-breaking work.
The performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 8, and 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, in the MainStage of the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are necessary.
This exploration of "The Rite of Spring" will be in two parts. The first part features a lecture on the history of "The Rite of Spring" with live dance demonstrations by CoDa (Williams College’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble), piano performances, and video clips.
The dance excerpts are choreographed by acting chair and artist-in-residence Erica Dankmeyer and visiting artists Nia Love and Janine Parker. Professor of Music W. Anthony Sheppard will speak on why the piece caused a small riot at its premiere and why it is still so powerful today.
Director Ronald Feldman will conduct the Berkshire Symphony in a full performance of "The Rite of Spring," which will include a theatrical element directed by David Eppel, chair and professor of theater.
The event is sponsored by the departments of Music, Theatre, and Dance with support from Arts at Williams.