Agnieszka Laska Dancers- Rite of Spring
March 15, 2014 • 7:30pm
May 29, 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of ‘The Rite of Spring’, featuring a revolutionary musical score by lgor Stravinsky plus visionary and innovative choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. Join us as we celebrate this exciting anniversary with the ground breaking Portland, OR based dance company, Agnieszka Laska Dancers. The performance will be accompanied by 2 live pianists and will feature talented dancers from the NW and beyond.
“…Portland choreographer Agnieszka Laska, who like Diaghilev has never been afraid of controversy, has leapt to a new stage in her artistic development, creating a show which inventively combines distinctive elements of her choreographic repertoire with moves inspired by classic ballet and the landmark 1987 Joffrey Ballet “Rite” reconstruction (Vaslav Nijinsky’s original choreography has been largely lost). And then, just when you think you’ve seen it all, she tops it off with an unflinching gaze at the work’s barbaric denouement…”
“…Laska’s own choreography was dramatic and emotional, balanced between narrative and abstract, deeply engaging and captivating. At times I lost track of the story and lost myself completely in the swirling movement and energy onstage. The dancing was heartfelt and attacked the choreography with commitment and passion…”
Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Arts Watch
Eugene Weekly: http://eugeneweekly.com/20140220/music/revolutionary-spring