Wednesday, May 29, 2013

10 ways to celebrate "The Rite of Spring" centennial

It's here. 100 years ago today, Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" debuted in Paris, telling the story of pagan springtime rituals with jagged rhythm and choreography. 100+ theories suggest reasons for the riot that ensued.

You don't want to take any chances with your celebration, because it's going to be a long time before another round number comes up, so you might want to take matters into your own hands. Here are a few humble suggestions to mark the centennial passing of "The Rite."

10. Play a bassoon in an abnormally high range. If you engage in this form of celebration, don't be surprised if you set an ancient pagan ritual in motion.

9. Only travel by stomping.

8. Get down on your hands and knees and kiss the earth.

7. Along with your boos and hisses, bake a cake, put 100 candles in it, and throw it on stage in the riot you start at your nearest theater.

6. Go to France and talk with a Russian accent.

5. Paint some primitivist backdrops for your home.

4. Take time to honor your elders.

3. Dress in something heavy--long skirt, long sleeves, tall boots. If you're worried about being hot, don't worry, you're going to be hot. To truly celebrate, you should be dancing like a maniac.

2. Whether you go to a fortune teller or read the stars, definitely predict the future.

1. Sacrifice a virgin.