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Rite of Spring

This video is a fine reenactment of one of the greatest moments in music history. When the Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, the audience argued, fought, and eventually broke out into a riot. I cannot think of a more wonderful thing to happen at a premiere – it would be the clearest indicator possible that you have created your masterpiece, that you have changed the world forever:

The BBC seems to have done a wonderful job of recreating the original choreography. I saw Joffrey do the original Nijinsky choreography back in 1990, and this was pretty close to what I remembered seeing back then.