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The Rite of Spring

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The icon of Chinese dance art, Yang Liping, presents his own interpretation of the famous ballet “The Rite of Spring”. In a new spectacular performance combining modern choreography and traditional Chinese peacock dance, music by Igor Stravinsky and Tibetan intonations in the arrangement of the composer He Syunthen, Liping reinterprets pagan ritual sacrifice through Asian aesthetics and philosophy.

World premiere 19th October 2018 as part of Shanghai International Arts Festival

A Peacock Contemporary Dance Company Production

Co-produced with Shanghai International Arts Festival; Sadler’s Wells, London; Melbourne Festival; Brisbane Festival; Stanford Live; Edinburgh International Festival;


Yang Liping’s Rite of Spring reflects her artistic ambition to refine her artistic “voice” further by offering her interpretation of one of the most revered musical scores for dance in the 20th century. It will be a full length production. The work will be constructed in three sections with the second section using the original Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. The first and last section will use a specially created new score, inspired by traditional music from Tibet.

What sets Yang’s version apart is that it will be influenced by Tibetan and Chinese symbols of nature as well as beliefs in the cyclicity of life and death, of duty —and the inevitability of rebirth.

It is not Yang’s intentions to create a real materialistic world but to find an abstraction of a physical universe where time, space and life co-exist in the transient sense of a cycle. 


For her Rite of Spring Yang has assembled a highly experienced creative team from China and around the world –China, UK, Italy, Holland and India. Some of China’s most exceptional traditional and modern dancers are currently being cast in the work.

Director/Choreographer: Yang Li Ping

Visual Director: Tim Yip

Literature Director: Gelou Liang

Projection design: Tobias Gremmler

Rehearsal Director:Zhonghui Gong, Yimeng Li

Main Stage 1 Teatralnaya ploschad (1 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia
New Stage Bol'shaya Dmitrovka Street, 4/2, Moscow, Russia
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