Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston
Commissioned by Merrigong Theatre Company.
Co-produced by La Comete
Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble
Based on Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Music by Philippe Bachman & Igor Stravinsky
Directed by Yaron Lifschitz
Feb. 9-11, 2023
Boch Center Shubert Theatre
265 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
Review by Kitty Drexel
Production warning: This production uses theatrical haze, smoke, and strobe effects. There are sections where the music will be loud.
Boston, MA — Circa contemporary circus’ Sacre is to the circus what Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) is to classical music. History has refined their cultural significance. Neither are intended for children or the faint of heart.
The gatekeepers of classical music remember the May 29th, 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for its violent riot at the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. While there are no official accounts, personal accounts from opera composer Giacomo Puccini and Le Figaro critic, composer, and musicologist Henri Quittard (whose infamy lives on to this day), described the production in terms of its barbarism and inelegance. Continue reading