The Rite of Spring by Uwe Scholz, music by Igor Stravinsky

Giovanni di Palma, Kiyoko Kimura – Ballet of Leipzig

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Uwe Scholz — Choreographer

Giovanni di Palma — Dancer

Kiyoko Kimura — Dancer

Leipzig Ballet

Wolfgang Manz — Pianist

Rolf Plagge — Pianist

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Henrik Schaefer — Conductor

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Uwe Scholz: Cranko's and Balanchine's heir

Uwe Scholz, former ballet director in Leipzig, was hailed as one of the most brilliant choreographic minds of his generation and he was certainly one of the most important German choreographers when he died in November 2004 at the early age of 45. The fragile-looking man, who had enjoyed a full dance and musical education from childhood, took up his first position as a choreographer with Marcia Haydée in Stuttgart when he was 22. He saw himself as a mixture between his teacher John Cranko and the influential George Balanchine, and the well over one hundred magically beautiful and extraordinarily musical choreographies that he created for houses such as the Opera in Vienna, La Scala, Zurich and Leipzig owe much to neoclassicism.

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Igor Stravinsky

Uwe Scholz

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