June 17 Birthday: WHEN STRAVINSKY MET NIJINSKI. Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Najinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, composer, conductor
b. June 17, 1882
d. April 6, 1971

Vaslav Nijinsky, ballet dancer, choreographer
b. March 12, 1890
d. April 8, 1850

WHEN STRAVINSKY MET NIJINSKY: TWO ARTISTS, THEIR BALLET, AND ONE EXTRAORDINARY RIOT (Houghton Mifflin, 2013)

by Lauren Stringer

Overview

The Russian artists Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav
Nijinsky were popular in their time: Stravinsky for music, Nijinsky for
dance. When their radically new ballet, The Rite of Spring, was
first performed in Paris on May 29, 1913, the reaction was so polarized,
there were fistfights and riots! Brilliant or disastrous, the
performance marked the birth of modern music and dance. Stringer’s
rhythmic text and gloriously inventive, color-rich paintings capture the
wild and imaginative collaboration of composer and choreographer. The
fascinating author note includes photos of the dynamic duo and The Rite of Spring dancers.

May 11 Birthday: Martha Graham

Martha Graham, choreographer, ballerina

May 11, 1894-April 1, 1991

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenburg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca (Flash Point, 2010)

This is the story behind the story of the collaboration of three artists—a choreographer, a composer and an artist—who created the magnificent ballet, Appalachian Spring. Thank you Martha Graham, Aaron Copeland and Isamu Noguchi.

The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance continues her work.

March 12 Birthday: When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, composer, conductor
b. June 17, 1882
d. April 6, 1971

Vaslav Nijinsky, ballet dancer, choreographer
b. March 12, 1890
d. April 8, 1850

WHEN STRAVINSKY MET NIJINSKY: TWO ARTISTS, THEIR BALLET, AND ONE EXTRAORDINARY RIOT (Houghton Mifflin, 2013)

by Lauren Stringe

Overview

The Russian artists Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky were popular in their time: Stravinsky for music, Nijinsky for dance. When their radically new ballet, The Rite of Spring, was first performed in Paris on May 29, 1913, the reaction was so polarized, there were fistfights and riots! Brilliant or disastrous, the performance marked the birth of modern music and dance. Stringer’s rhythmic text and gloriously inventive, color-rich paintings capture the wild and imaginative collaboration of composer and choreographer. The fascinating author note includes photos of the dynamic duo and The Rite of Spring dancers.