In Joffrey Ballet's Rite of Spring, nothing is wrong

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Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 12:00 am

It's next to impossible to imagine a ballet causing a near riot, but that's what happened 100 years ago when the Ballets Russes debuted The Rite of Spring in Paris in 1913. Sunday night at the Orpheum Theater, Omaha was able to experience this extraordinarily radical ballet (but fortunately not the violence it incited), thanks to a stunning performance by the Joffrey Ballet.

The Chicago-based company is, of course, one of the country's seminal ballet companies, a standard-bearer for just how astonishing ballet can continue to be. That's why the performance wasn't just about commemorating one of the world's most important ballets, it was also about showcasing ballet as a critically important art form that persists in pushing boundaries.

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