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Inspired by Stravinsky
June 27, 2013   
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A series of paintings by Róża Puzynowska inspired by a Warsaw production of The Rite of Spring—the famous ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky—are on display at Warsaw’s Wielki Theater/National Opera.

The exhibition, in the theater’s reception rooms, consists of 12 large oil portraits of Polish National Ballet dancers performing Stravinsky’s ballet.

The Rite of Spring is a revolutionary musical portrait of pagan Russia that was first performed in Paris 100 years ago, in May 1913. The ballet premiered to harsh criticism and negative reviews, chiefly because of its unconventional music and disturbing choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer of Polish descent. Before it gained international fame, the work failed to win over an audience accustomed to the grace, elegance and traditional music of conventional ballets such as Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

The paintings by Puzynowska are arranged according to the two acts of the ballet, “Adoration of the Earth” and “The Sacrifice,” which explore the creative powers of spring.

Until July 16

Reception Halls in the Lower Lobby of the Wielki Theater/National Opera; 1 Teatralny Sq.
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