The Rite of Spring Tour 2023

The Rite of Spring tours later in the year across the South West, including Basingstoke and Poole, and Manchester.
Dates and venues to be announced soon.

Sadler's Wells Theatre
13th & 14th March 2023

Seeta Patel marries Indian classical dance and Western classical music in her The Rite of Spring, in a London premiere.

Taking the South Indian classical dance form of bharatanatyam, with its intricate rhythmic footwork, geometric and dynamic movements and expressive prowess, Seeta Patel has created a compelling interpretation of the iconic The Rite of Spring.

Patel will open the evening’s show with a solo performance accompanied by South Indian musicians. The piece shows bharatanatyam as it is often performed in a solo format, taking viewers on the journey of Mother Earth from birth to destruction, preparing for her deliverance through The Rite of Spring.

The second part of this evening offers a rare chance to see bharatanatyam performed in an ensemble piece. Unusually, this version subverts tradition by choosing a male as The Chosen One, elevating him to a deity to whom all sacrifice themselves. This is a spiritual exploration of the work through an Eastern philosophical lens.

Accompanied live by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, this is a Rite of Spring but not as you know it.

Praise for The Rite of Spring at Sadler's Wells
Financial Times ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
“The production joins the vast canon of dance works that have wrestled with Stravinsky’s epic score but it is up there with the very best.”

The Times ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“an exciting ritual for a dozen terrific dancers.”

The Guardian/Observer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“beautiful, intelligent and exciting.”

The Stage ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Artistically bold.”

London Living Large ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Telegraph ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Fascinating… with beauty and surprises everywhere.”

Bachtrack ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“compelling and beautiful… a tremendous success.”

The Reviews Hub ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“lithe and fluid… an evening full of beautiful visuals and striking music."

British Theatre Guide
“a triumph.”

Promotional trailer of The Rite of Spring