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Joffrey Ballet Comes To The Smith Center
Joffrey Ballet Comes To The Smith Center

AIR DATE: January 28, 2013

When Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" debuted in Paris in 1913, ballet goers were outraged by the performance -  they booed and laughed so loud, the music was barely audible. Tonight at The Smith Center, four months shy of the ballet's 100 year anniversary, the famed Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet performs "The Rite of Spring." We'll talk with the artistic director of Joffrey Ballet and one of the company’s dancers about their performance.



Ashley Wheater, artistic director, Joffrey Ballet

Rory Hohenstein, dancer, Joffrey Ballet

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100 years later I was outraged! Being a former professional dancer myself, I was angered and sad by "The Rite Of Spring". Two minutes into this piece I wanted to get up from the Smith Center and leave. I can't understand for the life of me why this piece was performed. Other guest were as disappointed as I was. A true let down to the previous beautiful work of the performers. I was embarrassed they had to dance to that!!!!!!
Melissa ReadJan 24, 2013 11:18:10 AM
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