With the love and lust typical of spring,
burlesque star and performance artist Julie Atlas Muz restaged
Masterpiece, The Rite of Spring as a fierce dance epic inspired
by the life and death of Jon Benet Ramsey. The music was played
live by Chicago's ButcherShop Quartet, the only rock band to
transpose Stravinsky's orchestral masterpiece to two guitars,
a bass and drums while retaining compositional integrity.
The monstrous cast of 14 ripped apart the
sweeping majesty, complicated rhythms and brute force of the
live music in a visceral and visual dance ritual to the death.
This dance extravaganza was included in
the 2004 Whitney Biennial and
enjoyed an extended and sold out 5 show run at NYC’s Dance
"the choreography (more honestly than any
other "Rite of
Spring" that I have ever seen) portrayed the truly uncivilized,
nasty, bloody-loving side of sacrificial rites."
-Faith Pilger- Dance Insider