The Rite of Spring

Opera North in association with Phoenix Dance Theatre

The 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring almost caused a riot. Unconventional choreography and shockingly dissonant music provoked anger from the Parisian audience and in Stravinsky’s letter home he wrote that ‘things got as far as fighting’.

Internationally-acclaimed Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus reimagines this iconic piece of dance in the first ever collaboration between Phoenix Dance Theatre and Opera North, filmed live in 2019. Saintus’ fresh interpretation is set to Stravinsky’s ground-breaking score, performed by the acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North and led by conductor Garry Walker.

Available to watch until 23 July 2022.

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The Rite of Spring - Opera North/Phoenix Dance Theatre — Tristram Kenton

The Rite of Spring
Igor Stravinsky

Opera North in association with Phoenix Dance Theatre
Recorded at Leeds Grand Theatre, February 2019
By permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd

Cast & creatives


Natalie Alleston
Manon Arianow
Aaron Chaplin
Carlos J Martinez
Michael Marquez
Carmen Vasquez Marfil
Vanessa Vince-Pang
Prentice Whitlow

Creative Team

Choreographer Jeanguy Saintus
Conductor Garry Walker
Costume Designer Yann Seabra
Lighting Designer Richard Moore

Film Director and Editor Alex Ramseyer-Bache