Augur: The Rite of Spring Reconsidered
Commissioning Agency: Berklee College of Music / Composition Department
Medium: Video, Sound, Light, Wood / site-specific
Contributing Artists: Jörn Bielfeldt, Aaron Edwards, Javier Cruz, Tim Schoen, Yo-el Cassell
On the 100th Anniversary of the iconic work, Berklee commissioned me to create a music and dance work as a part of a college-wide celebration. Largely seen as marking the beginning of the Modern Era of art, The Rite holds a special place in my heart as the debut in Paris in 1913 provoked an outcry, yet still stands as an important work - celebrated as much for its enduring beauty as for its original scandal.
Performed in the round and set in a ballroom, the work brings the audience to an intimacy with the performance that borders uncomfortable. Extreme patience in the sound score and choreography frame the monolithic sculpture that provides the dancers with a plinth, and the projected video a canvas. The sound-score, as well as the choreography include quotes, digressions and developments based on the original by Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky.
Photos: Ben Korsch
Video: Ernesto Galan
Fabrication: Justin Keith