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Program Notes LIVE: Reconstructing The Rite

// Mar 21,2013


A dance and design team based in London, Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer are known internationally for their reconstructions of lost ballet masterpieces from the early 20th century.

Join Carolina Performing Arts before the Joffrey Ballet?s performance for a conversation with Hodson (dance historian and choreographer) and Archer (art historian and scenic consultant), as they discuss their reconstruction of Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). This lecture is one of two in a series on Reconstructing The Rite. Each will offer great insight as a stand-alone event; however each evening will offer unique content.

March 23: Dance and Design

Historic Playmakers Theatre

In this first presentation, Kenneth Archer will focus on Act I, featuring Nicholas Roerich’s decor as well as costumes. He will show still images of historical documents, reconstruction sketches and photographs from different stagings of the reconstructed Rite: the Joffrey Ballet, Paris Opera, Monte-Carlo Ballet, Finnish National Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet, Saint Petersburg. Millicent Hodson will comment on video extracts from these stagings, discussing and demonstrating Nijinsky’s choreography for Act I and Act II.


March 24:Ritual Motifs

Historic Playmakers Theatre

The second presentation will include a closer examination of the reconstruction. Kenneth Archer will emphasize the ritual motifs on the costumes, pointing out how Nijinsky used Roerich’s shamanistic imagery for the ground patterns of the choreography. Millicent Hodson will present video extracts and demonstrate the way Nijinsky animated the ritual motifs in both acts of the ballet.


These events are made possible by the generous support of the Douglass Hunt Lecture Series of the Carolina Seminars, supported by the Massey-Weatherspoon Fund.