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[[caption-width-right:350:The pagan ritual, as recreated by [[https://www.arts.gov/about/40th-anniversary-highlights/joffrey-ballet-resurrects-rite-spring The Joffrey Ballet.]] [[AdaptationDisplacement Note the lack of]] [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} dinosaurs]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The pagan ritual, as recreated by [[https://www.arts.gov/about/40th-anniversary-highlights/joffrey-ballet-resurrects-rite-spring The Joffrey Ballet.]] [[AdaptationDisplacement Note the lack of]] [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Fantasia}} dinosaurs]].]]



The work was famously used in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', which [[AdaptationDisplacement unfortunately has also led many people to incorrectly associate the ballet with dinosaurs]].

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The work was famously used in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Fantasia}}'', which [[AdaptationDisplacement unfortunately has also led many people to incorrectly associate the ballet with dinosaurs]].


* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The sacrifice is not a quick, merciful death. Instead, the virgin has to dance herself to exhaustion, until she collapses. That could take hours or days even. The Joffrey Ballet makes it clear that it's a frenzied, fast dance which will tire out the virgin faster than a slower one would.



* DownerEnding: The girl dances herself to death.

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* DownerEnding: The girl dances herself to death. At least there's the consolation that onstage, you can tell the dancer isn't literally doing that and it's dramatized for show.


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* GotVolunteered: PlayedForDrama. If you fall out of line of the dance twice, you're the sacrifice.
* HopeSpot: The virgin chosen for death has to fall out of the dance twice. Even though the virgin in question falls once, there's still a chance for her to survive. But then she falls a second time, and the other girls quickly nominate her for a sacrifice.
* HumansAreBastards: When the virgin falls out of line twice in the Joffrey Ballet, she tries to run for it. The other girls block her way and push her into the middle. Then they dance in the celebration that it wasn't them this year.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Subverted; in the Joffrey Ballet, the virgin tries to run after she falls twice. The other girls won't let her.


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* SoundtrackDissonance: "The Sacrifice" is morose and suspenseful, with the virgin being chosen. As she stares in HeroicBSOD, the other girls dance in a celebration that it wasn't them.

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[[caption-width-right:350:The pagan ritual, as recreated by [[https://www.arts.gov/about/40th-anniversary-highlights/joffrey-ballet-resurrects-rite-spring The Joffrey Ballet.]] [[AdaptationDisplacement Note the lack of]] [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} dinosaurs]].]]

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* AvantGardeMusic: An early example, pushing the boundaries of harmony, rhythm, and instrumental technique well beyond what was conventional in its day.


* ShoutOut:
** The work makes use of Russian folk melodies in some of its most famous parts.
** Famously used in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', though with a different theme about the creation of Earth until the extinction of the dinosaurs.
** A recording of the final section of the score was used on the Voyager Golden Record, sent in space in 1977.
** Music/FrankZappa referenced the piece a lot in his music too. ''Amnesia Vivace'', ''Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin'' (''Music/AbsolutelyFree''), ''Fountain Of Love'' (''Music/CruisingWithRubenAndTheJets'') and ''In-A-Gadda-Stravinsky'' from ''Music/{{Guitar}}'' directly quote from it. ''The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet'' from ''Music/FreakOut'' has a thematical reference in one of the titles, which is called: ''Ritual Dance of the Child-Killer''.

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* ShoutOut:
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ShoutOut: The work makes use of Russian folk melodies in some of its most famous parts.
** Famously used in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', though with a different theme about the creation of Earth until the extinction of the dinosaurs.
** A recording of the final section of the score was used on the Voyager Golden Record, sent in space in 1977.
** Music/FrankZappa referenced the piece a lot in his music too. ''Amnesia Vivace'', ''Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin'' (''Music/AbsolutelyFree''), ''Fountain Of Love'' (''Music/CruisingWithRubenAndTheJets'') and ''In-A-Gadda-Stravinsky'' from ''Music/{{Guitar}}'' directly quote from it. ''The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet'' from ''Music/FreakOut'' has a thematical reference in one of the titles, which is called: ''Ritual Dance of the Child-Killer''.
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted by Kenneth [=MacMillan's=] 1962 version for the Royal Ballet. Although the Chosen One was set on a woman, [=MacMillan=] always intended the part to be open to either sex, and the RB's most recent staging used men in the role.


'''The Rite of Spring''' is a groundbreaking {{ballet}} with music by Music/IgorStravinsky and original choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. The story is simple enough: A young girl dances herself to death in order to provide a sacrifice for a pagan ritual. However, the work is famous for its sexual content, primitivism, radically anti-ballet dance style, and extremely innovative and dissonant musical score, all of which caused a huge uproar when it premiered in Paris in 1913. In the end, ''Rite of Spring'' had a huge influence on the fields of both music and dance, and it is still very highly regarded today.

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'''The ''The Rite of Spring''' Spring'' is a groundbreaking {{ballet}} with music by Music/IgorStravinsky and original choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. The story is simple enough: A young girl dances herself to death in order to provide a sacrifice for a pagan ritual. However, the work is famous for its sexual content, primitivism, radically anti-ballet dance style, and extremely innovative and dissonant musical score, all of which caused a huge uproar when it premiered in Paris in 1913. In the end, ''Rite of Spring'' had a huge influence on the fields of both music and dance, and it is still very highly regarded today.

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* ShamefulStrip: Not uncommon in versions that feature the NudeNatureDance. A particularly harrowing one in the Ballet Preljocaj version, in which the other dancers round on the virgin, hold her down and brutally strip her, and after a brief HeroicBSOD she embarks on the furious final dance of death.


The work was famously used in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', which [[AdaptationDisplacement unfortunately has also lead many people to incorrectly associate the ballet with dinosaurs.]]

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The work was famously used in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', which [[AdaptationDisplacement unfortunately has also lead led many people to incorrectly associate the ballet with dinosaurs.]]
dinosaurs]].



* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted by Kenneth [=MacMillan's=] 1962 version for the Royal Ballet. Although the Chosen One was set on a woman, [=MacMillan=] always intended the part to be open to either sex, and the RB's most recent staging used men in the role.



* LostEpisode: Nijinsky's original choreography, despite being groundbreaking for its time, was never properly recorded, so most later productions rechoreographed it using their own material. The closest anyone's ever gotten to an authentic revival of Nijinsky's choreography was [[http://www.nytimes.com/1987/10/25/arts/the-joffrey-ballet-restores-nijinsky-s-rite-of-spring.html the Joffrey Ballet's painstaking restoration]] in 1987.

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* LostEpisode: Nijinsky's original choreography, despite being groundbreaking AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted by Kenneth [=MacMillan's=] 1962 version for its time, the Royal Ballet. Although the Chosen One was never properly recorded, so set on a woman, [=MacMillan=] always intended the part to be open to either sex, and the RB's most later productions rechoreographed it using their own material. The closest anyone's ever gotten to an authentic revival of Nijinsky's choreography was [[http://www.nytimes.com/1987/10/25/arts/the-joffrey-ballet-restores-nijinsky-s-rite-of-spring.html recent staging used men in the Joffrey Ballet's painstaking restoration]] in 1987.role.



* TroubledProduction: Even before the disastrous premiere, the production was rather a mess: The dancers and musicians struggled to perform the bizarre rhythms and movements, Nijinsky and Stravinsky butted heads, the dance rehearsals fell way behind schedule, and the original Chosen One (Nijinsky's sister, Bronislava) got pregnant and had to be replaced by relative unknown Maria Piltz.


* ToughRoom: [[UrbanLegends Infamously]], the abovementioned riot spoiled the premiere.

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* ToughRoom: [[UrbanLegends Infamously]], the abovementioned riot spoiled the premiere. Accounts vary on exactly how out-of-hand things really became, but there's no doubt many first-time listeners were perplexed or upset.


* CrucifiedHeroPose: The Joffrey Ballet reconstruction ends with the dead Chosen One held aloft that way.

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* CrucifiedHeroPose: CrucifiedHeroShot: The Joffrey Ballet reconstruction ends with the dead Chosen One held aloft that way.

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* CrucifiedHeroPose: The Joffrey Ballet reconstruction ends with the dead Chosen One held aloft that way.

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* TroubledProduction: Even before the disastrous premiere, the production was rather a mess: The dancers and musicians struggled to perform the bizarre rhythms and movements, Nijinsky and Stravinsky butted heads, the dance rehearsals fell way behind schedule, and the original Chosen One (Nijinsky's sister, Bronislava) got pregnant and had to be replaced by relative unknown Maria Piltz.


* EpicIntroduction: The iconic bassoon solo which opens the piece. It's haunting and threatening.

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* EpicIntroduction: EpicInstrumentalOpener: The iconic bassoon solo which opens the piece. It's haunting and threatening.


The work was famously used in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', which [[AdaptationDisplacement unfortunately has also lead many people to incorrectly associate the ballet with dinosaurs.]]



* AdaptationDisplacement: To most people who saw Disney/{{Fantasia}} "The Rite Of Spring" brings up images of dinosaurs. In reality this ballet is about a human sacrifice in honor of spring during (slightly more recent) prehistoric times.



* DownerEnding

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* DownerEndingDownerEnding: The girl dances herself to death.
* EpicIntroduction: The iconic bassoon solo which opens the piece. It's haunting and threatening.



* NatureAdoresAVirgin: In fact so much that she needs to dance herself to death to make a new spring happen.



** The work makes use of Russian folk melodies in some of its most famous parts.



** Music/FrankZappa referenced the piece a lot in his music too. ''Amnesia Vivace'', ''Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin'' (''Music/AbsolutelyFree''), ''Fountain Of Love'' (''Music/CruisingWithRubenAndTheJets'') and ''In-A-Gadda-Stravinsky'' from ''Guitar'' directly quote from it. ''The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet'' from ''Music/FreakOut'' has a thematical reference in one of the titles, which is called: ''Ritual Dance of the Child-Killer''.

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** Music/FrankZappa referenced the piece a lot in his music too. ''Amnesia Vivace'', ''Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin'' (''Music/AbsolutelyFree''), ''Fountain Of Love'' (''Music/CruisingWithRubenAndTheJets'') and ''In-A-Gadda-Stravinsky'' from ''Guitar'' ''Music/{{Guitar}}'' directly quote from it. ''The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet'' from ''Music/FreakOut'' has a thematical reference in one of the titles, which is called: ''Ritual Dance of the Child-Killer''.



* VirginSacrifice

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* VirginSacrificeVirginSacrifice: The most famous classical piece to explore this theme.

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