Jessica Jade Han

Performer, Composer, Educator

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Rite of Spring Dance Party, Washington, DC

Rite of Spring Dance Party
March 18, 2017 at 8pm @ DOCK 5, Union Market

Tickets sold exclusively here

Rite of Spring Dance Party Manifesto

Whereas: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is one of the most revolutionary pieces of music ever written

And whereas it was composed for (wild, revolutionary) dance, and intended in all ways to shake the audience out of their bones

And whereas it was considered impossible to play at its premiere, but is now performed widely across the world, including in conservatories and even by some youth orchestras

And that thus through frequent performances and recordings, an aesthetic of performance practice that values perfectionism of and because of the ever-growing technical skill of performers around the world, the shock of this work has been dulled 

Therefore: we are starting a new revolution in music with the Rite of Spring Dance Party

We are bringing this piece back to movement, dance, encouraging, allowing, enabling, facilitating, demanding crazy emotional responses & strong visceral reactions

We are letting the audience members be their own choreographers and dancers, respond to the music however they feel it move them, because the Rite of Spring is too powerful a piece to take sitting down

We believe this piece of music should transform you in some palpable way

And because the Rite is as rich harmonically as it is rhythmically, as sophisticated as anything ever written, and as primal as anything ever experienced,

we believe that when you let the music flow through your body, and let your body react and respond to these rhythms and sounds and melodies and guttural exhortations and orgasmic ecstasy and painful rebirth and terrifying stillness, you hear the music differently because you feel the music differently.

Moreover: We believe that music should not be exclusively or primarily a synaptic activity

We believe that music is something that should vibrate our aching organs, hit us in the gut, something that can bring feelings up from the roots of our ancestors and into our limbs and backs and bellies

We celebrate that everyone hears music differently every time they listen, and that live orchestral music is the most powerful collective emotional experience humans can have with sound

And so: we are creating concerts that enable the audience to experience music, not just hear it; feel it, not only analyze it. We don’t care how you react to this music, but the Rite of Spring should have a powerful effect on everyone who hears it.

Earlier Event: March 16
Wicked the Musical
Later Event: March 19
Albany Symphony