The Rite of Spring

Ritual Action of the Ancestors

72" x 72"
Acrylic + oil on Canvas
The tableaux of this movement depicts the sinister and bizarre ritual action of the ancestors cloaked in Bearskins, perched upon their seats as the stare and wait for the sacrifice. The rhythmic repetition drives on almost hypnotically as the proverbial virgin places herself, as if in a trance, into the center of the circle for her last and final episode.
Ritual Action of the Ancestors  by  Stravinsky
Listen from  25:47  to  29:20
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
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