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The Rite of Time

The Rite of Time
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The Rite of Time is a collaborative ballet concert in Central Park, directed by Matthew Tosca.


“In a day and age where people want more, more, and more from their sources of entertainment, the arts must evolve into the ‘more’ that the audience seeks. I believe emotions and engagement with the performance will be the two catalysts in making this change.” 
– Matthew Tosca
              Igor Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” (The Rite of Spring), first performed in 1913, tells the story of the Russian pagan ritual for the coming of spring in which a young maiden is brutally sacrificed to the gods in hopes of a fertile season. “The Rite of Spring” induced its initial audience to riot and thus was shunned until 1920 when Coco Chanel, a friend of Igor Stravinsky, funded the ballet’s revival. This performance achieved wide acclaim.  “The Rite of Spring” is now universally recognized as one of the greatest displays of orchestration and rhythmic techniques in the 20th century.  “The Rite of Time”, a sponsored project of Artspire, a program of New York Foundation of the Arts, is a visual and artistic journey through the work of Igor Stravinsky, retold from the creative vision of the artistic director and conductor Matthew Tosca.  Tosca, a graduate of Mannes College and a professional violinist, has a rare neurological condition called synesthesia shared also by Kandinsky, Duke Ellington, and Liszt.  A synesthetes’ brain interprets sound as movement and color. Through the use of ground-breaking technology developed by Harvard graduate student, Eddy Kim, Tosca will share his unique musical experience with the audience using a living painting that will project onto an innovative canvas that will respond to the music as he conducts.    Dancers from Juilliard and musicians nationwide will join on May 12, 2012 in Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell for the Rite of Time’s production of Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Over 200 tickets will be sold for this production, mounted by over 125 volunteers.  All proceeds will be donated to the Central Park Conservancy to pay tribute to the park in a heartfelt way for its daily hosting, within its verdant alcoves, so many blooming young artists. We would love to have you participate in this project in any way possible.  If you are interested in becoming an investor, you will be ensured advertisement through the show and recognition in its formal program.  If you would like to become one of the title contributors to our project, your name will be displayed on banners at the performance, and you will be recognized as a donator to Central Park Conservancy.  If you wish to join us on May 12, please e-mail to reserve your tickets. For further questions or to request budget documents
please contact: 

Eugina Song 

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