Rochester City Ballet’s 2017-18 season will end with “Stravinsky/Bowie” at 8 p.m. on May 18-19 and 2 p.m. on May 20 at Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester.
The program features Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” as well as “Under the Moonlight,” an original work created around the songs of David Bowie.
“‘Under the Moonlight’ is one of the most popular shows we’ve ever done and attracted a lot of people who had never been to the ballet,” said David Palmer, artistic director. “Using David Bowie’s music, it’s a fun, lively work that really brings the emotion behind the music to life. Paired with ‘Rite of Spring,’ we create an engaging show that delves into the range of contemporary music.”
This is the first time “Rite of Spring,” Stravinsky’s most famous work, will be danced in Rochester. Some may know the music through Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Composed as a dance piece, the ballet tells the story of superstition, ritual and death as a tribe prays for spring and selects a sacrifice to ensure it. The original production premiered in 1913 in Paris. Palmer and co-choreographer Yanis Pikieris created the work for their company, Maximum Dance, in 2005 in Miami.
Palmer was inspired by Bowie’s death to create “Under the Moonlight.” It broke RCB attendance records. “Under the Moonlight” features popular Bowie songs like “Let’s Dance,” “Heroes” and “Changes.”
Tickets cost $37-$47. Student tickets cost $10 one hour before the show with a valid ID. Visit rochestercityballet.org for information.