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When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky : Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot
by Lauren Stringer


Overview - The Russian artists Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky were popular in their time: Stravinsky for music, Nijinsky for dance. When their radically new ballet, The Rite of Spring , was first performed in Paris on May 29, 1913, the reaction was so polarized, there were fistfights and riots Brilliant or disastrous, the performance marked the birth of modern music and dance.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The Russian artists Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky were popular in their time: Stravinsky for music, Nijinsky for dance. When their radically new ballet, The Rite of Spring, was first performed in Paris on May 29, 1913, the reaction was so polarized, there were fistfights and riots Brilliant or disastrous, the performance marked the birth of modern music and dance. Stringer s rhythmic text and gloriously inventive, color-rich paintings capture the wild and imaginative collaboration of composer and choreographer. The fascinating author note includes photos of the dynamic duo and The Rite of Spring dancers."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547907253
  • ISBN-10: 0547907257
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publish Date: March 2013
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-UP
  • Dimensions: 0.3 x 10 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Biographical - European
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Performing Arts - Dance

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-04-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Stringer homes in on the joy of collaboration in this celebration of composer Stravinsky and dancer Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Acrylic paintings swoop and curl with the fluidity of music and dance, echoed in the stylistic leaps of Stringer’s prose: “Then Stravinsky met Nijinsky.... His piano pirouetted a puppet, his tuba leaped a loping bear, and his trumpet tah-tahed a twirling ballerina.” The repetition and disruption of shapes creates a kind of visual syncopation, and Stringer pulls in multiple references to cubism; after the ballet is ready to perform, the pair leads a procession of dancers and musicians to the theater, literally shaking up Paris: “The crowed poured into the streets when the curtain went down... wild with the night that brought something brand-new!” Stringer trusts readers with a challenging and exciting account of the transformative power of visionary, risk-taking art. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

 
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