The Rite of Spring | NEM

A few words about the show

After critical acclaim for his performance of the Rite of Spring with the Brussels Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw Brugge (Belgium) in 2013, José Navas will revisit the experience, in Montreal, by sharing the stage with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) under the musical direction of Lorraine Vaillancourt. Accompanied by 15 seasoned musicians, the choreographer personifies the role of the Chosen One, dancing to death without compromise. Through an organic connection with Stravinsky’s music, he gradually transforms himself, passing from an iconic figure garbed in a long black dress to the fragility of his naked body at the end. Experience this unprecedented encounter between the musical sensitivity of José Navas and an intimate new take on the Rite of Spring by the NEM (re-orchestration by François Vallières).


  • Choreography: José Navas
  • Dancer: José Navas
  • Music: Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, performed by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, under the musical direction of Lorraine Vaillancourt 
  • Re-orchestration: François Vallières, violist of the NEM
  • Lighting: Marc Parent
  • Costumes of José Navas: Sonya Bayer
  • Length: 40 minutes
  • Premiere: 14 June 2018, at Salle Claude-Champagne (Montreal)

The Rite of Spring is a production of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne presented as part of its 2018 fundraising gala, June 14 at Salle Claude-Champagne (Montreal).