|Production still from Pina, 2011. Dir. Wim Wenders.
Directed by Wim Wenders
Screening in honour of the 100th Anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
Curated by Ron Foley Macdonald
Wednesday 29 May at 8pm
The Dalhousie Art Gallery presents a screening of Wim Wender’s acclaimed dance film Pina on the 100th Anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring.
The original premiere of The Rite Of Spring in 1913 marked one of the most important moments in Modernism, literally causing a riot during the performance. Stravinsky’s violent sonorities and Nijinsky’s startlingly primal choreography pushed the Ballet Russe company well past accepted conventions into a realm of aesthetics that provoked one of the great scandals of the age. One year and two months later, Europe would be convulsed by what was known as ‘The War to End All Wars’. The premiere of The Rite Of Spring is considered one of the great prefigurings of this crisis.
Pina Bausch’s 1975 staging of The Right Of Spring is captured by filmmaker Wim Wenders in his most recent documentary Pina. The film also includes three other dance pieces by Bausch and her company and has won accolades around the world.
The screening is free and open to all ages.