Ballet Russes

The Rite of Spring & Its Legacies: Global & Regional Perspectives

Performance & Symposium

Above, a posed group of dancers in the original 1913 production of the Ballets Russes' Rite of Spring, showing costumes and backdrop by Nicholas Roerich.

Date: Sunday, September 22

Time: 2:00 - 5:30 PM

Location: Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center

100 years ago a ballet premiered in Paris that shocked audiences, incited a riot in the theater, and inspired a century of artists. The excitement, controversies, and long-lasting impact of the Ballets Russes’ Rite of Spring is the subject of this free symposium. Igor Stravinsky’s familiar score for the Rite of Spring will be featured in a dynamic solo performance by Dr. Ingrid Keller (Assistant Professor of Music at Northern Kentucky University). This musical showpiece will be complemented by presentations by leading scholars of fashion, ballet, music, set design and painting. Featured will be:

  • Dr. Lynn Garafola, professor of dance at Barnard College, author of the award-winning Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and editor of The Ballets Russes and Its World
  • Dr. Mary E. Davis, Dean of Studies of the Fashion Institute of Technology and author of Ballets Russes Style: Diaghilev’s Dancers and Paris Fashion and Classic Chic: Music, Fashion and Modernism
  • Dr. Nina Gourianova, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at Northwestern University, an art historian and Russian literature scholar,  and author of The Aesthetics of Anarchy: Art and Ideology in the Early Russian Avant-Garde
  • Dr. Samuel Dorf, Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton, musicologist, dance historian and symposium director.

Ohio HUmanities CouncilThis event will be documented by Classical WDPR 88.1 and is made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
FREE with reservation.

To reserve your seat at this free event, visit the UD Box Office tickets online (link below) or in person (M-F, 9AM-3 PM) beginning September 1.

Conference Schedule

1:30-2 PM 
Registration and Coffee

2:00 PM
PART I: Presentation of two papers, Q&A (Note that proceedings will begin promptly.)

3-3:15 PM    

3:15 PM
Piano Performance by Ingrid Keller: Rite of Spring

4:00-4:15 PM    

4:15-5:15 PM
PART II: Presentation of two papers, Q&A

5:30 PM