Brisbane Festival, Philip Bacon AM and Queensland Performing Arts Centre present

YANG LIPING's Rite of Spring


25 - 28 Sept | QPAC - Playhouse




Peacock Contemporary Dance Company (CHN)

Australian Premiere

"★★★★★ - So audacious, so packed in colour, symbolism, noise, and intensity... it's awe-inspiring... a spiritual feast for the senses." EDINBURGH LIST
"★★★★★ - Breathtakingly spectacular throughout." HERALD SCOTLAND

From China’s superstar choreographer and dancer Yang Liping comes Rite of Spring, a new interpretation of Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet of sacrifice and renewal, and arguably the most influential piece of music of the 20th century.

A household name in her native country, Yang Liping has won huge international acclaim for her extravagant, breathtakingly visual dance works, blending Chinese aesthetics and modern expression in a distinctively personal movement language.

Taking inspiration from Chinese and Tibetan symbols of nature, Yang Liping creates a preface and a coda framing Stravinsky’s totemic work as the second of three sections – Incantation, Sacrifice and Renewal. Parts I and III feature a new musical score from Chinese composer He Xuntian, influenced by traditional Tibetan music.

In this radical Rite, the Chosen One willingly gives herself for the good of the community, journeying from terror and doubt to knowledge, empowerment and reincarnation.

YANG LIPING'S Rite of Spring brings together an international creative team – including Oscar-winning designer Tim Yip – and 15 dancers. It follows the success of Yang Liping’s previous work, Under Siege, which was a spectacular hit at Brisbane Festival 2017.



This performance contains smoke and fog effects.

Cast & Creatives

Director/Choreographer Yang Li Ping

Visual Director Tim Yip

Composer Igor Stravinsky and Xuntian He

Literature Director Gelou Liang

Lighting Design Fabiana Piccioli

Projection Design Tobias Gremmler

Rehearsal Directors Zhonghui Gong, Yimeng Li

Performers Da Zhu (Fengwei Zhu), Xiaofan Feng, Maya Dong (Jilan Dong), Shui Yue (Han Xiao), Yimeng Li, Chengliang Lyu, Gloria Ng, Jinxia Ni, Ying Zhao, Ziye Chen, Yuqi Han, Qi Gao, Yuting Wang, Yue Yue, Chunyu Zhang

Executive Producer Nathan Wang, Jane Yang

Creative Producer Farooq Chaudhry

Technical Producer Sander Loonen

Project Manager Max Ma

These performances of The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.


This event concluded in 2019.

Post-show Q&A Fri 27 Sept

Duration : 75 minutes

QPAC - Playhouse

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

$47 – $67 + booking fee

Assistive Listening
Wheelchair Access
75% Visual Content

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