Rite of Spring was choreographed and performed by Roberta Hoffman at
Leaps and Bounds (College Park, MD) in 1996.
Rite of Spring is a dance representing the conflict and struggle as
spring emerges from winter. The white scarf represents winter;
the dancer represents the birth of spring. The running with
outstretched arms, arching of the back, lifting of the solar plexus, and
looking upward represents spring appealing to the higher powers to prevail.
The stomping is to awaken the earth to the coming of spring. Part of
the beauty of this dance is the length (the full dance is 12 minutes long)
which emphasizes the intensity and endurance in the struggle of life.