The Riot of Spring

Rob Drummond
Eoin Carey photography

“Remarkable, multilayered and utterly gripping.”

Lynn Gardner -The Guardian **** (Bullet Catch)


​The Arches & National Theatre of Scotland in association with Tramway
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On the 29th May 1913, The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Not knowing whether to be more appalled by Stravinsky’s uncompromising experimentations in dissonance, tonality, rhythm and meter or by Vaslav Nijinsky’s unconventional, horizontal, pigeon-toed choreography, the Parisian audience reacted as their instincts told them. They rioted. Stravinsky and Nijinsky, it seemed, had succeeded in achieving the holy grail of art – they had created something entirely new.

One hundred years on, Rob Drummond will work closely with dancer Robbie Synge to create a piece which will fuse written narrative theatre with dance and live music. A virgin is sacrificed for the good of a community, a group of tourists dance themselves to death in a city square and an artist drives himself to the brink of insanity in his quest to create something completely original.

Rob Drummond is an award-winning playwright, performer and theatre maker. His wide ranging work includes the critically acclaimed Wrestling, for which he trained as a professional wrestler and the magical theatre show Bullet Catch, which was a huge hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, winning both a Herald Angel and a Total Theatre Award.


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