Combining forms of media installation and dance concert, The Sacre Project re‑envisioned The Rite of Spring as a radically deconstructed performance event evoking themes of ritual, polyphony and embodiment.

The project featured work by three choreographers, seven designers and over forty dancers, and incorporated computer-generated visuals with a processed audio soundscape.

At the beginning of the piece, the digital media installation remixed sections of The Rite of Spring musical score, presented with small groups of dancers in sculptural structures arranged around the room. Audience members walked through this gallery-like setting to watch and listen on their own individual terms and choose the degree to which they would engage with scenic and performative elements. As the piece progressed, dancers gradually transformed the space from a free-form exploratory experience to a single-focus performance environment, and the event concluded with the sacrificial dance staged on a central platform.

Igor Stravinsky’s iconic score for The Rite of Spring had its first performance in Paris in 1913 with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky and scenic design by Nicholas Roerich. The Sacre Project, presented in California in 2013, used new choreography processed and interpreted through digital video projections, accompanied by a electronic soundscape based on Stravinsky’s score. Originally produced at UC Irvine, the project subsequently was restaged with Pacific Symphony at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA. June 2013.

UCI Experimental Media Performance Lab, Irvine, CA. February 2013.

Credits

Director, media & projection designer: John Crawford

Choreographers: Jodie Gates, Chad Michael Hall, Lisa Naugle

Scenic designer: Luke Hegel-Cantarella

Sound designers: Michael Hooker, Alan Terricciano

Lighting designers: Lonnie Alcaraz, Stacie O’Hara

Costume designer: Katie Wison

Piano (recorded): Lorna Griffitt, Nina Scolnik

Dancers: Kelly Alvarez, Melanie Anderson, Tanya Ariana Bendis, Kimberly Bridgewater, Cierra Crowley, Kelsey Gerber, Alec Guthrie, Melanie Hawkes, Kaitlyn Hicks, Chris Johnson, Kelly Kaufman, Saleemah Knight, Celeste Lanuza, Jennifer Lott, Samantha Matsumoto, Natalie Matsuura, Stefanie Maughan, Ali McKeon, Nia-Amina Minor, Sara Mizuno, Aubrienne O’Meara, Robert Olivares, Andrea Ordaz, Dominika Pietrzyk, Tracy Shen, Brittany Steacy, Daniel Tran, Peri Trono, Mason Trueblood, Karen Wing, Bret Yamanaka, Lani Yamanaka, Mlondi Zondi

Video dancers: Vincent Hardy, Jessie Ryan, Jeremy Zapanta

Media performers: Regina Carli, Katie Jo Turk

First performance: February 2013