Hello, is there anybody out there? Just nod if you can hear me.
All right, I'm not sure that I'll be able to get my recap up by Monday because my homework is proving to be harder than I anticipated (AARGH LINKED LISTS), and with two finals this week, I might have a hard time finding time to catch up before Wednesday. Point is, the Week 2 recap might go the way of the Caribbean monk seal.
But rather than, you know, work on my lab right now, I'd rather bring up Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." I saw my first ballet not too long ago (yay Firebird!), and then a couple weeks ago, attended the Silicon Valley Orhcestra playing "The Rite of Spring," which has got me brimming with dozens of questions, hopefully which you guys can answer.
Can anyone recommend widely available books (i.e. available at public libraries) on its premiere performance? Has it ever been subject to dramatization?
Among professional ballet dancers, what reputation does "The Rite of Spring" have (i.e. is it performed only by the best dancers, are modern interpretations maddeningly difficult to perform, etc.)? And what reputation does Nijinsky's choreography (what we know of it) carry?
Uh, more possibly later to fulfill my "dozens of questions" claim.
Update: After some digging around, I found a the full video (that's 90 minutes) of a BBC dramatization of the 1913 premiere! Also, if your loins ache from the absence of a week 2 SYTYCD recap, well, um, I can't help you there, but I should be able to post something by tomorrow night.
Indie rating: Rites of Spring - "All There Is"