Seeta Patel Dance join forces with Kirill Karabits and the BSO at Sadler’s Wells
Foteini Christofilopoulou; Konrad Cwik]

  • New partnership betweenSeeta Patel Dance and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) under its Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits to present Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring.
  • Patel’s new realisation for 12 Bharatanatyam dancers and full orchestra follows her smaller-scale 2019 production, described as “an evocative, visceral interpretation” by The Stage.
  • Having championed lesser-known music from Eastern Europe through his ‘Voices from the East’ BSO series, Karabits brings a fresh perspective to Stravinsky’s masterpiece as dancers and musicians unite.
  • Performances take place at Sadler’s Wells on Monday 13 & Tuesday 14 March 2023
  • Tickets from £15-£55

Seeta Patel has created a compelling interpretation of Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring, with the classical South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam performed by a cast of 12 dancers in an ensemble piece, with the power and impact of the full Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) under its Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits.

Unusually, this version subverts tradition by choosing a male as The Chosen One, elevating him to a deity to whom all sacrifice themselves.

Normally seen in solo presentations, Bharatanatyam is an incredibly rich art form that is being recognised more and more globally within a wider dance landscape. The performances — for 12 dancers and full orchestra — present an expanded full version of Patel’s acclaimed 2019 production for the form.

Kirill Karabits is known for championing undiscovered symphonic works from former Soviet countries through his acclaimed series, Voices from the East. Together with the BSO he has brought attention to works that fuse Eastern influences with the traditional symphony orchestra.

The Rite of Spring is co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells.

British Sign Language Interpreted Post-Show Talk on Monday 13 March.

Seeta Patel Dance and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra present The Rite of Spring at Sadler’s Wells on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 March 2023. Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or