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.
The Rite of Spring
Ritual Action of the Ancestors
72" x 72"
Acrylic + oil on Canvas
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 www.tso.ca
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