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MIF Cancel Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

The ballet would not be "compromised"

Written by . Published on June 7th 2013.

MIF Cancel Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

MANCHESTER International Festival's production of Stravinsky's century-old ballet, The Rite of Spring, due to be performed over six shows between 14 July - 19 July has been cancelled.

We are a Festival of world premieres and one-off events and the work – by its very nature – involves risk.

Below is the official MIF press release:

After careful consideration we have reluctantly concluded that the new staging of The Rite of Spring - directed by Romeo Castellucci and conducted by Teodor Currentzis - is not yet possible in the format that the artist has envisioned and we must cancel this summer’s run in Manchester. 

We are a Festival of world premieres and one-off events and the work – by its very nature – involves risk.  The Festival, the director and creative team are disappointed but all are clear that it would be unacceptable to present a compromised version of this ambitious show to our audiences.  

We are working with our partners, the Ruhrtriennale 2012 - 2014 in Germany and Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia, to continue to realise this radical new production; more details will be available in due course. 

All audience members for The Rite of Spring can transfer their tickets to another Festival event (subject to availability), or can request a full refund via Quay Tickets on 0161 876 2406 or info@quaytickets.com

More information here.

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InfotechieJune 8th 2013.

Damn I was massively looking forward to this.

DavidJune 9th 2013.

Typical of the Labour party this. What a cock up. If they had saved more libraries, I am in no doubt this performance could have still gone ahead.

Simon TurnerJune 9th 2013.

Er? Sun got to you this weekend David?

Peter JacobsJune 10th 2013.

Perhaps if they'd gone with the bold idea of staging one of the most significant ballets of the twentieth century - one that possibly marks the point at which classical ballet becomes 'modern' - using, I dunno, dancers, they wouldn't be now cancelling it.

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