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.