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March 9, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
Riedel Dance Theater presents their compelling and original take on Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” just in time for the 100th anniversary of this infamous ballet’s premiere. Choreographer Jonathan Riedel adheres to the traditional themes of the work – loss of innocence, natural order, and tumultuous rebirth – while depicting the story of a family ripped apart by a violent act and the desperate means by which they find peace. It’s a timeless tale told through Riedel’s seamless blend of contemporary dance and theatrical storytelling. The music is performed with a new orchestration by pianist, Neil Alexander.
“Vashti,” a collaboration between composer David Homan and choreographer Ariel Grossman/Ariel Rivka Dance interprets the Biblical story of Purim through the lens of feminism and women’s empowerment. Set in Persia, before the rise of Queen Esther who helped save the Jews from the wrath of Haman, Vashti reigned as Queen of Shushan. Who was she? How did she come to have such power? Was it only because of her beauty? A myriad of interpretations exist–Vashti as a complex, strong and brave woman, or a vain, wicked and disobedient wife. Requested to dance naked for the King and his drunk friends, Vashti must make a choice; to lose everything, possibly her life or to shed her dignity. Exploring her origins and the women surrounding her, “Vashti” shows us all how to best preserve our sense of self when presented with the ultimate choice. With modern choreography that springs from a strong balletic core this work involves five dancers and live music featuring violin, cello, guitar and piano.