The Sacre Project

Dance & Media Performance2013


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.

A digital media installation at the beginning of the piece 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, watching and listening on their own individual terms, choosing 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 in collaboration with Pacific Symphony at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Samueli Theater

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

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

University of California, Irvine, CA. February 2013.

Director & Media Designer
John Crawford
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
Kelly Alvarez
Melanie Anderson
Tanya Ariana Bendis
Kimberly Bridgewater
Cierra Crowley
Kelsey Gerber
Alec Guthrie
Melanie Hawkes
Kaitlyn Hicks
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