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Shaken by an Earthquake: Igor Stravinsky, the Ballets Russes and the Astonishing 1913 Première of ‘The Rite of Spring’


Speaker – Sandy Burnett

The story of one of the greatest creative collaborations of all: Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, whose team of dancers, choreographers, costume and set designers transformed expectations of what a night in the theatre could be. Tonight’s lecture examines the circumstances behind its most notorious stage work of all and the build-up to the première of ‘The Rite of Spring’ in Paris in 1913. Taking a look at the original costumes and the fascinating inventive score and exploring what divided the first night audience’s opinions quite so dramatically…

Further Information

From September to June ASL present a programme of lectures covering a wide range of interests and tastes with an informative line-up of speakers talking about a variety of subjects. Whether you come on your own or with friends you will be in the company of like-minded people in a vibrant environment of learning, sharing and socialising.

Members – membership of ASL offers the chance to enjoy nine lectures a year in addition to numerous other benefits including newsletters and volunteering opportunities plus the option to take part in visits, study days and an annual social event.

Visitors – non-members are most welcome to attend up to two lectures annually, it is an excellent way to try out membership. Just come along and pay on the door, attendance at one lecture costs £7.

For more details about The Arts Society Leicester and membership – or email the membership secretary