When it debuted a hundred years ago, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring caused a riot. It’s one of the most intriguingly bizarre stories in the history of classical music, one dissected on an episode of Radio Lab a few years back. Its assessment was that the public wasn’t ready for it, or at least their senses weren’t. The costumes were freaky, Nijinsky’s choreography, which ends in a sacrificial virgin dancing herself to death, was jarring, and Stravinsky’s famous score combined tones that nobody had ever heard before. In total, the public simply could not process it, and so they rebelled. It’s difficult to imagine that happening in 2013, but if any production might pull that off it will be SMU’s new take on that same material. With Rite of Spring celebrating its century of existence, SMU thought it would be interesting to hire a choreographer to recreate the famous piece for its undergraduate dance department. Did they know what they were getting into when they hired Dutch choreographer Joost Vrouenraets to lend his modern interpretation? Probably not. But they will soon. Friday, you’ll see this new sexually charged production, which centers around social media’s influence in youth culture and features a very handsy robot puppet, tiny schoolgirl outfits and tribal mob mentality. Yes, shit’s going down at the private Methodist university this weekend. Get a ticket before it sells out. The first half of the evening will be Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie and the new work by jazz dance artist Danny Buraczeski, In the City. The second half is all Spring. Friday’s show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $13. Call 214-768-2787.
Fri., April 12, 2013