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Rite of Spring

Expect bruises, sweat and blood in The Rite of Spring; Joseph Mercier and PanicLab’s version of the ballet in which sacrifice takes on a very real dimension.

A live Mixed Martial Arts match was fought to the original Stravinsky score by two dancers recently trained in combat techniques.

Created to celebrated the centenary of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in May 2013, this unique high-risk performance blends reality with high theatricality.

Cast & Crew

Conceived by Joseph Mercier
Performed by Jordan Lennie and Joseph Mercier
MMA Coaching and Training by James Duncalf
Scenography by Rachel Good
Associate Choreographer Leila McMillan
Mentor Kira ‘Demented Fairy Godmother’ O’Reilly
Produced by Clara Giraud

Music: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky, a recording by Bernard Haitink with the
London Philharmonic Orchestra


May 2013 : London
Chisenhale Dance Space


December 2013 : The Observer

June 2013: Bellyflop


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