Taking the South Indian classical dance form of bharatanatyam, with its intricate rhythmic footwork, geometric and dynamic movements and expressive prowess, Seeta Patel has created a compelling interpretation of Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring with a company of 12 dancers.

Patel brings the richness of bharatanatyam into a contemporary context with distinctive aesthetics, uniting Western classical music and Indian classical dance.

Unusually, this version subverts tradition by choosing a male as The Chosen One, elevating him to a deity to whom all sacrifice themselves. This is a spiritual exploration of a work through an Eastern philosophical lens.

Normally seen in solo presentations, this is a rare chance to see bharatanatyam performed in an ensemble piece. Accompanied live by the full forces of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, this is a Rite of Spring but not as you know it.

Works and composers

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring