To celebrate the centenary of Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary Rite of Spring in 2013, Iceland Dance Company and Iceland Symphony Orchestra performed two of his musical– choreographies for the first time in history at Eldborg, Harpa´s Concert Hall.
Since it caused a near- riot in the audience at its 1913 premiere in Paris, Stravinsky’s powerful and revolutionary score has inspired countless choreographers. The Icelandic approach focused on the vital spark as well as longing, hope, cleansing and creative energy. The sacrifice lies in a descision of an individual who dares to to follow his heart, hope, desire, dreams instead of acting the same as the mass or the community he is living in.
The piece was commissioned by the Reykjavík Arts Festival in collaboration with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Dance Company, Iceland Academy of the Arts and Harpa Concert Hall.
Artistic directors: Lára Stefánsdóttir, Melkorka Sigríður Magnúsdóttir, Filippía Elísdóttir and Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson.
Choreographers: Lára Stefánsdóttir, Melkorka Sigríður Magnúsdóttir
Dancers: Iceland Dance Company and Contemporary dance students from Iceland Academy of the Arts
Costumes: Filippía Elísdóttir
Lights: Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson
Conducter: Pascal Rophé