I Predict A Riot

Ivan Hewett explores the myths that surround the infamous first performance of the Rite of Spring.

The scene that surrounded the first performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on 29 May 1913 in Paris has been described as 'a battleground', a 'full-scale riot' and the aftermath of 'an earthquake' that had struck the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Ivan Hewett tries to unravel what really happened.

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Ivan Hewett explores the myths that surround the infamous first performance of the Rite of Spring.

The scene that surrounded the first performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on 29 May 1913 in Paris has been described as 'a battleground', a 'full-scale riot' and the aftermath of 'an earthquake' that had struck the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Ivan Hewett tries to unravel what really happened.