Seeta Patel marries Indian classical dance and western classical music in her The Rite of Spring. Taking the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam, with its intricate rhythmic footwork, geometric and dynamic movements and expressive prowess, and by choosing a male as The Chosen One, this is a Rite as you have never seen before. Sleeping Beauty presents a tale of magical spells, a long-delayed romance and a royal wedding full of colourful characters; a soaring waltz, one of the most popular ever written, and the Rose Adagio are among the highlights. More eastern exoticism is on display in Nurymov’s ballet score depicting the fate of the seasonal hot, dry wind that sweeps across his native Kazakhstan.

Works and composers

Nurymov The Fate of Sukhovey
Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty Suite
Stravinsky (arr. McPhee) The Rite of Spring

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