1913: RITE OF SPRING
Exhibitions and events, curated by The Glasgow School of Art, mark the Rite of Spring centenary
Mono event features performances by Gwenan Davies, Joe Howe and Michelle Hannah
To mark the centenary of the premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in Paris, The Glasgow School of Art presents 1913: Rite of Spring. A series of exhibitions and events that present contemporary and critical approaches to the Stravinsky’s masterpiece and its milieu, 1913: Rite of Spring includes artwork, performances and ideas by alumni and students across the GSA disciplines and programmes. 1913: Rite of Spring will take place in May 2013 at venues across Glasgow including The Underground Car Park at Fleming House, The Hidden Gardens, Mono and The Old Hairdresser’s.
Written by Igor Stravinsky for the 1913 Paris season of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, The Rite of Spring premiered on May 29th 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and caused immediate uproar. The story of pagan sacrifice, the avant-garde nature of the music, the outrageous costumes and unusual choreography prompted audience members to riot and had critics up in arms. 1913 presents a stage in which Stravinsky’s piece, its sound, influence, resonances and avant-garde setting are interpreted, appropriated and played around with.
The Underground Car Park, will host an exhibition for the first time. Opening on 10 May, it will feature installations, videos and 2D works.; and a drummed interpretation of the Rite of Spring will be played by John Nicol & Friends.
The Hidden Gardens is hosting an exhibition of quieter, more contemplative artworks: props for imaginary performances. The opening night, 18 May, will feature a video/ music collaboration by Zoe Williams & Tom Marshallsay at Tramway 3, and a performance by Romany Dear in the Hidden Gardens.
1913: Rite of Spring forms part of an ongoing collaboration between The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) to mark the centenary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring Premiere. A new Performance, MONAD, choreographed by Hubert Essakow, and supported by Scottish Ballet, will take place in Tramway 1 on 18 May 2013. Embracing the spirit of collaboration embodied in Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, MONAD brings together students and emerging artists to create a contemporary response to the original performance.
1913: Rite of Spring is curated by Sukaina Kubba. For full programme and featured artists
see Notes for Editors.
For further information visit www.nineteenthirteen.org