Today, after likely receiving a slew of American hate-mail in response to Vladimir Putin's op-ed in The New York Times, Russia denounced the UN chemical report on Syria. Shocker! But, that is neither here nor there. What IS here is the Joffrey Ballet's Russian Masters.
The four-night performance is dedicated to Russian masterminds of choreography and composing. The show is centered around Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), a widely controversial piece when it debuted in Paris in 1913--it literally caused a riot. Le Sacre du Printemps was resurrected by the Joffrey in the 1980s, to a much less riotous public reaction, but an influential one nonetheless. I guess its central topic of a pagan fertility ritual wasn't widely accepted by the ladies and gents of the early 20th century.
In any case, three other works will grace the stage at the Auditorium Theatre this weekend, George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante (set to Tchaikovsky), Adagio and Bells--the latter two choreographed by Yuri Possokhov of San Francisco Ballet.
The best part? Russian Tea Time is but a few blocks away for your post-show vodka and beef stroganoff. For more information and ticket info, visit www.joffrey.com.