THE RITE OF SPRING
Yossi Berg & Oded Graf pair with Tal Adler Arieli and Avshalom LeTocha to present a dance theatre piece entitled Rite of Spring. As a rendition of Igor Stravinsky’s monumental piece created on the eve of World War I, the choreography by Berg and Graf examines the ethos of culture, sacrifice and masculinity within a contemporary context.
The four play upon a variety of contradictory images from the collective memory, ranging from expressions of stormy sexuality, passion, and violence to compassion and tenderness. The work moves from past to future, raising questions about the connection between the establishment of masculine identity and sexuality to the adoration of the homeland. Through body, text and movement, the piece seeks to offer an updated cultural commentary.