Seeta Patel Dance
The Rite of Spring
Seeta Patel marries Indian classical dance and Western classical music in her The Rite of Spring.
Taking the South Indian classical dance form of bharatanatyam, with its intricate rhythmic footwork, geometric and dynamic movements and expressive prowess, Seeta Patel has created a compelling interpretation of the iconic The Rite of Spring.
Unusually, this version subverts the original narrative tradition of a single sacrificial Chosen One by elevating this character to a deity unto which the whole community sacrifices themselves. This is a spiritual exploration of a work through an Eastern philosophical lens.
This is a rare chance to see bharatanatyam performed in an ensemble piece. As an added feature, Seeta Patel will open the evening’s show with a solo performance accompanied by South Indian musicians. The piece shows bharatanatyam as it is often presented in a solo format, and will take us on the journey of Mother Earth from birth to destruction, preparing us for Her deliverance through The Rite of Spring.
Accompanied with a recorded score by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, this is a Rite of Spring but not as you know it.