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MIF News

News about The Rite of Spring

Posted on Thursday 6 June 2013

After careful consideration we have reluctantly concluded that the new staging of The Rite of Spring - directed by Romeo Castellucci and conducted by Teodor Currentzis - is not yet possible in the format that the artist has envisioned and we must cancel this summer’s run in Manchester.

We are a Festival of world premieres and one-off events and the work – by its very nature – involves risk. The Festival, the director and creative team are disappointed but all are clear that it would be unacceptable to present a compromised version of this ambitious show to our audiences.

We are working with our partners, the Ruhrtriennale 2012 - 2014 in Germany and Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia, to continue to realise this radical new production; more details will be available in due course.

All audience members for The Rite of Spring can transfer their tickets to another Festival event (subject to availability), or can request a full refund via Quay Tickets on 0161 876 2406 or


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