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Thursday, May 9, 2013



Following the success of their award-winning collaboration DESH, Jocelyn Pook is working with Akram Khan again for a new production, iTMOi (in the mind of igor). Pook and fellow composers Nitin Sawhney and Ben Frost have created an original score to commemorate the centenary of Igor Stravinsky’s seminal ballet The Rite of Spring, which will be performed exactly 100 years after the original, riotous premiere in Paris. Jocelyn's music features singers Melanie Pappenheim and Tanja Tzarovska.

The Rite of Spring caused uproar when it opened at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913, due to the avant-garde nature of Stravinsky’s music, Vaslav Nijinsky’s anarchic choreography and Nicholas Roerich’s vibrant costumes and stage designs. The work depicts a pagan ritual – an imaginary ancient tribe sacrifices a young virgin to appease the god of spring, by forcing her to dance herself to death.

iTMOi forms part of a Stravinsky-led trilogy of works at Sadler’s Wells entitled A String of Rites. The piece receives its world premiere on 14 May at MC2: Grenoble in France, where Khan is an Associate Artist in a special co-operation with Sadler’s Wells.

iTMOi Tour

14-18 May 2013: Grenoble, France (World Premiere)

21-22 May 2013: Châlons-en-Champagne, France

25 May 2013: Geneva, Switzerland

28 May-1 June 2013: London, UK (UK Premiere)

14-16 June 2013: La Réunion Island, France

24-26 June 2013: Paris, France

3 July 2013: Zagreb, Croatia

12-13 July 2013: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

20, 22 July 2013: Vienna, Austria


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