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Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall

Part of the 2012-2013 Texas Performing Arts Season

The Oracle
(The Rite of Spring)

Meryl Tankard, concept, direction, costume design & choreography
Paul White, dancer & choreography
Régis Lansac, set and video design
Damien Cooper & Matt Cox, lighting design
Christopher Page, lighting realiser
Eddi Goodfellow, AV operator, stage manager

Presented in partnership with the Department of Theatre and Dance

Experience this sensual and intense dance work by celebrated choreographer Meryl Tankard as she explores the conflicting forces of nature and man, masculinity and femininity, violence and nurturing, strength and vulnerability.

Inspired by the sometimes disturbing human forms in Scandinavian artist Odd Nerdrum’s work, The Oracle is set to Stravinsky’s seminal composition for the infamous 1913 ballet The Rite of Spring, which caused riots at its Paris premiere and is celebrating is centennial in 2013.

The intensity of the subject, the power of the complex rhythmic musical score, and the stark and brooding aesthetic, created by visual and set designer Régis Lansac, deliver an atmosphere of coiled-spring emotions and conflict in this haunting and critically acclaimed work.

The Oracle is brought to life by the astonishing talents of Paul White, one of Australia’s most acclaimed dancers.

“It is Tankard’s richest, most compelling work for many years. Paul White – supremely strong, muscular with intensity of purpose matching the intensity of the music and choreography – is simply the best male dancer in the country. This is a tour de force for him and Tankard.” THE AUSTRALIAN

Stravinsky Inspired, a Dance Aims High: ‘The Oracle’ at Skirball CenterNew York Times Review


Post-Performance Talkback
• Saturday 04/06/13
• Immediately following the performance
• Bass Concert Hall

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