E-mail this story
Review: Mark Morris' 'Spring' bucks recent 'Rite'
BERKELEY — "The Rite of Spring" is a ballet born of violence. Stravinsky's score unfurls the furious sudden spring of his native St. Petersburg, the sounds of cracking ice on the river Neva being like gunfire. Taken from the scandalous sexuality of Russian folklore, the dance depicts a virgin sacrificed to the savage, ecstatic pleasure of "sages."
By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
June 13, 2013