All the world’s a stage, and Carolina Performing Arts is one of the major players this year.
CPA’s “The Rite of Spring at 100” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1913 premiere of Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky’s ballet, “The Rite of Spring,” which culminated with the audience rioting in the theater because of its caustic themes.
The 2012-13 CPA season will have 16 new works — 12 of which relate to “The Rite of Spring,” including nine world premieres and three U.S. premieres.
Emil Kang, executive director for the arts at UNC, said the scale of the season is unprecedented for CPA.
“At UNC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina — the home of things like y’all and barbecue — we will have these globally important artistic moments that are going to be heard around the world,” Kang said.
Performers include Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, the Martha Graham Dance Company and choreographer Bill T. Jones in collaboration with theater director Anne Bogart.
“You’re only going to see ballet three or four times during the year,” Kang said. “Most of the artists are creating works that are inspired by, and reimaginings of, the Rite.”
Kang said the series is the world’s biggest centennial celebration of “The Rite of Spring.”
But he said some students may not recognize many groups performing.
Rebecca Brenner, marketing and communications coordinator at CPA, said the unfamiliar names have not lessened the excitement surrounding the season.