Melbourne Festival: The Rite of Spring / Petrushka

Rite of Spring 2An astonishing rendering of Stravinsky’s musical-choreographic magnum opus, presented in all its earthbound pagan energy, Michael Keegan-Dolan’s TheRite of Spring / Petrushka masterfully conveys the power and mystery of a score that so notoriously shocked a generation.

The evening segues from the animalism of The Rite of Spring into an ethereal reimagining of Petrushka, in which only echoes of Stravinsky’s parable remain. Together the pieces form two halves of a whole – The Rite of Spring’s primitive earthiness counterpointed against Petrushka’s gossamer imagery – with both scores performed by sisters Lidija and Sanja Bizjak, in fourhanded piano arrangements that honour the searing modernity of Stravinsky’s music.

The Rite of Spring / Petrushka
11 – 14 October
Comedy Theatre

Thanks to our friends at Melbourne Festival, we have a double-pass (value of $140) to giveaway to this very special performance on Fri 11 Oct, 8pm at Comedy Theatre. To enter, email your name and phone number to with the subject line MELBOURNE FESTIVAL by 10 October, 5pm. Winner notified by return email.



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