Shaken by Earthquake: Igor Stravinsky, the Ballet Russes and the astonishing 1913 première of the Rite of Spring – Sandy Burnett
The story of one of the greatest creative collaborations of all: Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, whose team of dancers, choreographers, and costume and set designers transformed expectations of what a night in the theatre could be, and the circumstances behind its most notorious stage work of all.
Sandy examines the build-up to the Rite of Spring’s première in Paris, takes a look at the original costumes, plays excerpts from this fascinatingly inventive score, and explores what divided opinions of that first-night audience quite so dramatically. No, nothing could top the riot at the Rite in 1913…
Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing.
After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3.
Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, he devises and leads cultural holidays all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, is a highly sought after double bassist.
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