History Retweets Itself: Win Tickets to ‘The Rite of Spring’! [CLOSED]


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Next week we’ll be unveiling our new interpretation of The Rite of Spring — a ballet about pagan human sacrifice whose notorious premiere in Paris one hundred years ago literally caused a riot in the theater from the shocked audience.

For your chance to win tickets to see our production next week we’re challenging you to imagine how today’s newspapers might have reported that ballet brawl… in 140 characters via Twitter!

How to enter:

Tweet us (@sfballet) with a snappy headline you think today’s news outlets might have used to report the riot at The Rite of Spring‘s 1913 premiere… if Twitter had existed.

Remember to include our Twitter name @sfballet (or we won’t see your entry), and the hashtag #RiteOfSpring.  The creator of our favorite headline will win two tickets to see SF Ballet’s The Rite of Spring by Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov on Thursday, February 28, 2013!

CONTEST RULES: Limit one entry per person and per Twitter account. Contest closes at 12pm noon Pacific on Monday, February 25, 2013. Prize tickets will be for the Program 3 performance at 8pm on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Prize tickets are non-transferable and not valid for any other performance. The winner will be announced after 12pm noon PT on Monday, February 25, 2013.


More about that notorious 1913 premiere:


How the New York Times actually reported the controversial 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring (here called 'The Consecration of Spring'), nine days after the event


With its shocking subject matter (human sacrifice in ancient Russia), The Rite of Spring isn’t your typical ballet even by today’s standards — and audiences on May 29, 1913 were even less prepared for what they saw onstage at Paris’s Theatre des Champs-Elysee.

There’s disagreement on whether it was Stravinsky‘s now-iconic music — which sounded unimaginably strange to early-twentieth century ears — or Nijinsky‘s pounding, tribal choreography that sparked such a violent reaction from the audience. What we do know is that the high-society ballet-goers and young artists of Paris began shouting in protest, yanking hats down over eyes, wielding canes and umbrellas as weapons, and throwing punches. The uproar turned into outright brawling, and the police were called to restore law and order.

Read more about the history of The Rite of Spring on our website




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