Song and Dance Star Directs and Choreographs The Rite of Spring

News   Song and Dance Star Directs and Choreographs The Rite of Spring Song and Dance Tony Award nominee Christopher D'Amboise is bringing his new work The Rite of Spring to New York in the fall, Playbill On-Line has learned.

The performer, who earned a Tony nod for his work in Song and Dance, will direct and choreograph a "new three character play with dance," an audition notice reveals. The piece with a book by D' Amboise will feature music by a variety of classical composers. The notice lists tentative dates for the project as Oct. 6-31. No theatre has yet been announced.

The Rite of Spring is the title of an infamous Igor Stravinsky work — also known as Le Sacre du Printemps. The 1913 premiere of the ballet, which was choreographed by Vaslav Nijinksy, caused an outrage at Paris, France's Théatre des Champs-Elysées. Distorted music, outrageous costumes, unnatural choreography and a strange plot employing pagan sacrifice jarred the discontented public, who booed and hissed so loud the composer was forced to shout counts from the wings so dancers could execute their choreography.

D' Amboise comes from a dance-heavy family. He starred in Song and Dance with his sister Charlotte D' Amboise — whose credits include Contact, Chicago, Company and Carrie. Their father is choreographer-performer Jacques D'Amboise (Shinbone Alley).