rite of spring emerging material


Week six, November 3:
Having worked on developing various shorter sections and fragments, this day offered a moment to capture all the existing material.

Section 1: Introduction
This proofs to be a particularly tricky section to rehearse. The material is very interdependent and the spatial relationships very specific. Any missing dancer creates ambiguities about placement and timing.


Second half of Section 2: Dances of the Young Girls - Section 3: Games of Capture and Section 4: Round Dances of Spring

I am using the original titles present in the music score, but as you may have guessed, we are not always sticking to them thematically. Here we skip Augurs of Spring and move to the second half of this section to work on the emerging melodic and movement phrase.


Sections 5-9
Games of the Rival Tribes, Procession of the Sage, The Sage and Dance of the Earth into Part 2: Introduction

At this stage the focus hones in on three couples. Some of the partnering material is marked in this rehearsal.

The last section on this clip is the Family Tree, where solo material is run trough the generational structure of the group in different relationships.

  This material is at an earlier stage of development. Moving in the same family pods seen in Section 2 we added partnering moments to the hexagonal shifts.

Week two, October 6:
Having completed the casting process for the twenty-four performers we worked on setting the material for the Introduction

  In another section we set the score for Game of Capture, linking it with Round Dances and Games of Rival Tribes.
  The cast of six working on the duet material, following the round dances.

We also tried out aprons as an aspect of the costumes.
  Matt and Traci as well as Brie and Pam explored, developed and collected possible partnering material.
  Brie and Julian developed their duet material
  Kristin and Pam working on a number of versions for their duet. I am particularly interested in increasing the dynamic and tempo range
  Traci and Annalisa's duet
  Brie and Julian develop a first version of their duet

This sequence of videos shows the progression from the solo material, to learning it as a group and then editing and developing it into the group section for the Round Dances

Jürg dances the solo material consisting of a main phrase and four sections to be used as inserts by the dancers.

  The cast performs the main phrase and the inserts
  The material as currently set for the Round Dances
  Working on the duets between Pam Gregory and Kristin Hapke. Traci Mazzoncini is learning the part of Matt Smith partnering Annalisa Peterson
  Julian Young is developing his short solo edit to be built into a duet.

With some absences in the cast, we started work on the Round Dances of Spring Section.

I am interested on picking up the idea of a round dance, an element of folk dancing that has already been tangible in the opening section. The hexagonal formation we have been working with contains both the line and the round as formal elements.

Combining the quality of the movement material and the round dance idea I have nicknamed this section the Writhing Reigen.


During June and July the casting for the core performance group got underway, followed by rehearsals to develop the small group section and duet material.

The two videos below show duet material and work in progress between Pam Gregory and Kristin Hapke as well as Annalisa Peterson and Matt Smith.



At this stage of the process I prefer to expose the emerging material to a range of other pieces of music, in this case Steve Reich's Drumming.