Centenary celebrations of spring

Rehearsals of Rite Of Spring.
Rehearsals of Rite Of Spring.
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The New Theatre Royal is celebrating the beginning of its building’s transformation with 40 local dancers and a 100-piece orchestra tonight.

With the theatre’s stage gone and temporary seats in, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, in collaboration with the Hampshire Music Service, will mark 100 years since the piece was first performed.

At 7.30pm, more than 100 members of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, conducted by Carl Clausen, will perform the classic score live. More than 40 local dancers, choreographed by Jamie Roberts of jam jar dance and Donna Bish, will bring to life the story of an ancient society deciding who to offer as sacrifice to the gods.

Students from local schools, Henry Cort Community College , Fareham, and Brune Park Community School, Gosport, have been working with Fraser Trainer, an internationally renowned composer who has had works performed at the BBC Proms, to produce music inspired by Stravinsky’s original score.

Director of the New Theatre Royal, Caroline Sharman, says: ‘What better way to welcome the beginning of our Capital Rebuild than with the Rite Of Spring – it’s a symbolic piece of music so rich with images and expressions of rebirth.’

Tickets cost £8 to £10 from the New Theatre Royal on (023) 9264 9000 or newtheatreroyal.com.