From 1913, when it first assaulted the senses, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was considered virtually impossible to perform, a major challenge even to virtuoso orchestras. The audacious ballet depicts the ceremonies of a prehistoric Slavic tribe, among them a sacrificial ritual during which a maiden dances herself to death to appease the gods. The ballet was so radical that its opening was fraught with scandal. The world-renowned The Joffrey Ballet has revived this unforgettable ballet with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.
Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance and proudly reflects the diversity of America. It boasts a repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. The Joffrey Ballet has become one of the most revered and recognizable arts organizations in America and one of the top dance companies in the world.