OU Dance Students Work With World Renowned Dance Artists

OU Dance Students Work With World Renowned Dance Artists
O U dance students perform The Rite of Spring in white robes with red headbands
OU dance students perform Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring

On September 9 OU’s dance students took part in a lecture-demonstration led by “dance royalty” Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer, one of the ballet world’s most prestigious dance and design teams. They performed sections of Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring, as reconstructed by Hodson and Archer, while the history and significance of the dance was explained.

The combination of Igor Stravinsky’s music and Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography caused a near riot in Paris when it was first premiered by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe in 1913. The ballet crystallizes the moment when dance broke the bonds of centuries to embrace modernism. The opportunity to work on it with such celebrated experts was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the dancers.

O U dance students and instructors in a group photo for The Rite of Spring in white robes with red headbands
The OU dance students with Kenneth Archer and Millicent Dodson (left) and Assistant Professor of Dance Elizabeth Kattner (right).
O U dance student in white robe and red headand performs with an instructor in The Rite of SpringO U dance student performs in The Rite of Spring in a white robe with red headband
O U dance students perform The Rite of Spring in white robes with red headbands