The Rite of Spring

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Written by Igor Stravinsky for the 1913 Paris season of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, ‘The Rite of Spring’ premiered on May 29th 1913 at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris and caused immediate uproar. The story of pagan sacrifice, the avant-garde nature of the music, the outrageous costumes and the unusual choreography prompted audience members to riot and had critics up in arms.

MONAD will be presented by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Glasgow School of Art, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and supported by Scottish Ballet. The performance will have its World Premiere at Tramway on 18 March 2013. Composed by Hugh Holton and Jay Capperauld with choreography by Hubert Essakow, the piece will be performed by students from BA Modern Ballet students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with costume designs by BDes Fashion & Textile Design students from The Glasgow School of Art and music performed by members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The conductor is Pierre-André Valade.

1913 will form part of the ongoing collaboration. The Exhibition will take place in Tramway on the 18th of May 2013. In the lead up to the Tramway Exhibition, satellite events in several venues in Glasgow are being organized.


Stage Manager : Marian Sharkey

Deputy Stage Manager : Rosie Barber

Assistant Stage Manager : Fraser Milroy


Lighting Designer : Adam McCall

Chief Production Electrician : Ben Terry

AV Operator: Neil Foulis