rite of passage

In a year with an overabundance of interpretations of Igor Stravinsky's monumental The Rite of Spring, in its centennial year, autumn brings us yet one more. New York City's Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company brings A Rite to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in collaboration with Anne Bogart, artistic director of contemporary theater company SITI. Though the riots during the premiere of Nijinsky's scandalous ballet may be hard to match, Bill T. Jones is no stranger to pushing artistic boundaries. Jones vaulted to sustained fame with his 1994 Still/Here, a poignant modern dance meditation on AIDS and other terminal illnesses, conceived partly as a memorial for his partner and company co-founder, Arnie Zane. In A Rite, Jones and Bogart feature the diaries of World War I veterans and the words of physicist Brian Greene alongside sections of the original score to imagine the consequences of hearing Stravinsky's raucous, futuristic music in such troubled times.


Sun., Oct. 13, 2013
 
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