Riot at the Rite
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(2005)

In the spring of 1913, Parisian businessman Gabriel Astruc opens a new theater on the Champs Elysées. The first performance is the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring', danced by the Ballet Russes. The rehearsal process is extremely fraught: the orchestra dislike Stravinsky's harsh, atonal music; the dancers dislike the 'ugly' choreography of Vaslav Nijinsky. The volatile, bisexual Nijinsky is in a strained relationship with the much older Sergei Diaghilev, the Ballet Russes' charismatic but manipulative impresario. Public expectation is extremely high after Nijinsky's success in 'L'apres-midi d'un faune'. Finally, 'The Rite of Spring' premieres to a gossip-loving, febrile, fashion-conscious Parisian audience sharply divided as to its merits.

Runtime:
1:30
Released:
October 18, 2005

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Cast

Adam Garcia Vaslav Nijinsky
Alex Jennings Sergei Diaghilev
3zcefignkcbc7m09mohgcmzjsdn Aidan McArdle Igor Stravinsky
Kbzbizwxvrd2ta9edsv08ju9jec Emma Pierson Romola
Jejru5hfzrk81gnfiflfzmcrsvk Griff Rhys Jones Astruc
Jonathan Aris Jean Cocteau
Snzmfhhayzvbcyak24y306xaja Christian McKay Pierre Monteux
Richard Hope Grigoriev
Philip Herbert Antoine
Andre Schneider Ivory
Andre Schneider Ivory
Andre Schneider Ivory
Naomi Wattis Lydia
Peter Copley Patron
Sara Dee Lady Hysteria
Zenaida Yanowsky Ballerina
Tpgmhyvtde2mdfazeuofvbqbzrz Steve Pemberton Critic
Philip Battley Bassoonist
Ue3ghsywi6ewa5jcd6eo0vv2hdz Rachael Stirling Marie Rambert
Aidxl8akpemdl1zdyf0nzdqbb0z Aidan McArdle Igor Stravinsky

Crew

Camera

Sue Gibson Director of Photography

Directing

Andy Wilson Director

Martin Coates Director

Adam Jenkins Director

Paula Turnbull Director

Editing

William Diver Editor

Production

Ross MacGibbon Executive Producer

Peter Maniura Executive Producer

Hilary Salmon Executive Producer

David Snodin Producer

Writing

Kevin Elyot Author