The Australian choreographer – best know for working with Pina Bausch – has made an intense solo, ‘The Oracle’, for excellent Aussie dancer Paul White, based on the story and score of the ‘Rite’.
In 2013, does art still have the power to shock?
‘I think the only way someone could shock us now is with sheer honesty, sincerity, originality. So much is “sold” to us by marketing companies and so much art is merely copied from what others have created before, it’s hard to be shocked.’
Why does the ‘Rite of Spring’ still capture our imaginations?
‘Maybe because the choreographer, Nijinsky, actually sacrificed himself making this work. He gave so much of himself and never recovered from the experience. He spent his last days in an insane asylum.’