MIF’s Rite of Spring cancelled

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A new production of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring that was due to run as part of the Manchester International Festival this summer has been cancelled.

The work, which was to be directed by Romeo Castellucci and conducted by Perm Opera artistic director Teodor Currentzis, will not go ahead because the production is “not yet possible in the format that the artist has envisioned”, according to an MIF spokeswoman.

In a statement, the spokeswoman said: “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.”

The Rite of Spring was due to run at the festival from July 14 to 19.

The spokeswoman confirmed that the festival is working with the Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts in Germany and Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia – which both co-commissioned the piece - to “continue to realise this radical, new production”.