On May 29, 1913, in the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, a riot broke out.
After the curtain went up on the premiere of The Rite of Spring, it took only a few minutes for the tumult to begin.
Boos, hisses, catcalls, people throwing objects at the stage… The roar of the crowd quickly became so loud, the dancers lost their cues.
And the music. It was a whisper, a pounding scream, sheets of brass, harsh relentless rhythms breaking against one another, cliffs suddenly colliding and collapsing in the air.
The police arrived and shut the program down. Continue reading