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Rising to the challenge of reimagining one of the most influential ballet and orchestral concert works of the 20th Century, award-winning choreographer Seeta Patel blends Western classical music with Indian classical dance to create an exciting flirtation between East and West.

Showcasing some of the finest Indian classical dance talent from across the globe, an international cast of dancers interpret Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring through the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam. Renowned for its intricate rhythmic footwork, expressive prowess, geometric and dynamic movements, this technical, powerful and evocative art form explores Stravinsky’s original theme, his ‘single idea’ which he describes himself as “the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring”.

When Rite of Spring was first performed in 1913, the avant-garde nature of Stravinsky’s revolutionary score and choreography caused a sensation, described later as a “near-riot”. As Seeta Patel reimagines this iconic ballet over a century later (at Dance City on Thursday 9th May), prepare to be enthralled by this exciting production that will take you on a journey far beyond preconceived notions of the exotic and orientalist perceptions of Eastern classical arts into the uncharted territory of a reimagined Rite of Spring with a Bharatanatyam twist.

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