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On an extravagant evening in May one hundred years ago, the scandalous premiere of The Rite of Spring rocked the epicenter of culture and fashion--Paris--and sent aftershocks across the world. Not bad for a ballet! But this was no traditional scamper in tulle and pink toe-shoes, but a bold provocation by a trinity of avant-garde genius: composer Igor Stravinsky, choreograp On an extravagant evening in May one hundred years ago, the scandalous premiere of The Rite of Spring rocked the epicenter of culture and fashion--Paris--and sent aftershocks across the world. Not bad for a ballet! But this was no traditional scamper in tulle and pink toe-shoes, but a bold provocation by a trinity of avant-garde genius: composer Igor Stravinsky, choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky (the first male god of dance), and impresario Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballet Russes. Anticipation was high, the audience came ready to rumble, and when the curtain went up, civil war broke out in the seats--an orgy of catcalls, hisses, hecklings, and slaps. Audiences have gotten unruly before and since in the theater, but this was a moment of reckoning that split the young century in two, announcing the birth of modernism and the death of la belle epoque. What happened that riotous night and why does it ring in our ears and bones a century later? James Wolcott, a columnist for Vanity Fair and author of the Kindle Single The Gore Supremacy, takes it apart and puts it back together in Wild in the Seats.


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On an extravagant evening in May one hundred years ago, the scandalous premiere of The Rite of Spring rocked the epicenter of culture and fashion--Paris--and sent aftershocks across the world. Not bad for a ballet! But this was no traditional scamper in tulle and pink toe-shoes, but a bold provocation by a trinity of avant-garde genius: composer Igor Stravinsky, choreograp On an extravagant evening in May one hundred years ago, the scandalous premiere of The Rite of Spring rocked the epicenter of culture and fashion--Paris--and sent aftershocks across the world. Not bad for a ballet! But this was no traditional scamper in tulle and pink toe-shoes, but a bold provocation by a trinity of avant-garde genius: composer Igor Stravinsky, choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky (the first male god of dance), and impresario Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballet Russes. Anticipation was high, the audience came ready to rumble, and when the curtain went up, civil war broke out in the seats--an orgy of catcalls, hisses, hecklings, and slaps. Audiences have gotten unruly before and since in the theater, but this was a moment of reckoning that split the young century in two, announcing the birth of modernism and the death of la belle epoque. What happened that riotous night and why does it ring in our ears and bones a century later? James Wolcott, a columnist for Vanity Fair and author of the Kindle Single The Gore Supremacy, takes it apart and puts it back together in Wild in the Seats.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel C.

    An interesting essay about the Ballet Russes premiere of The Rite of Spring. Wolcott is good at making the personalities (Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Diaghilev) come alive, but I think it's hard to have the proper context for this essay without having seen a performance of it. I recommend a look on YouTube at least. An interesting essay about the Ballet Russes premiere of The Rite of Spring. Wolcott is good at making the personalities (Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Diaghilev) come alive, but I think it's hard to have the proper context for this essay without having seen a performance of it. I recommend a look on YouTube at least.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bill Fletcher

    Here's the thing -- this guy is such a good writer that he can take a subject I wouldn't ordinarily consider even a wee bit interesting (such as "Le Sacre du Printemps," the subject here) and turn it into a real page-turner. Here's the thing -- this guy is such a good writer that he can take a subject I wouldn't ordinarily consider even a wee bit interesting (such as "Le Sacre du Printemps," the subject here) and turn it into a real page-turner.

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