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The Rite of Spring

Friday 16 AUGUST 9:20 pm - Götaplatsen, Göteborg - Free admission!

Dance. During Gothenburg's Culture Festival 2013, Götaplatsen will be occupied by GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Scandinavia's largest dance company and one of Europe's foremost modern companies.

Last spring, critics and audiences alike were jubilant over their performance of Marie Chouinard's The Rite of Spring, with choreography as revolutionary as Stravinsky's music was. Now they'll perform the piece once again - this time under the open sky.

Watch a film clip from The Rite of Spring

from the 2012/2013 season

Rebel Marie Chouinard is an icon within modern choreography. An astounding multi-faceted artist who is fascinated by the poetics of the body. As a choreographer she has won numerous awards and is in demand internationally. The Rite of Spring is one of her best known works.

Marie Chouinard, Choreographer
Marie Chouinard, ChoreographerLaurence Labat

This spring 2013 it was 100 years since Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring had its world premiere in Paris and created a scandal. Chouinard's avant-garde choreography for this ground-breaking music is regarded as being her masterpiece. In her hymn to life, the dancers are transformed into animals in a symbiotic relationship with Stravinsky's music.

To Marie Chouinard the dancer's body is just as much a part of the movement as the movement itself; the skin, the spine, the sweat – everything is part of the artwork. "Covering the body is like putting a curtain in front of a painting", she says.


  • Genre: Dance
  • Season: 2013/2014
  • First show: 16 Aug 2013
  • Last show: 16 Aug 2013
  • Location:

    On tour

  • Length: The Rite of Spring is about 30 minutes long.
  • Booking:Free admission
  • Info:Götaplatsen, Gothenburg


Choreography, Set design and light design   Marie Chouinard
Costume design   Liz Vandal
Music (recorded)   Igor Stravinskij
Props   Zaven Paré
Make up   Jacques-Lee Pelletier
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani


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