This year marks the 100th anniversary of the debut of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” and ArtsUW – coordinator of all University of Washington-connected arts presentations – is celebrating in a big way. The highlight will be the Compagnie Marie Chouinard appearance here on Jan. 24-26 (see The Seattle Times’ NWArts&Life section on Jan. 20 for a preview of the show). But before that, two UW events kick things off:
–First comes a free screening of “The Search for Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring,” a PBS documentary about the Joffrey Ballet’s 1987 reconstruction of the 1913 classic, with a Q&A with directors of the UW School of Music and Dance programs following it. 7 p.m. Jan. 11, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; free. Seating is first-come, first-served.
–Next up is “Faculty Dance/Collaborations,” featuring Jürg Koch’s staging of an intergenerational “Rite of Spring” with two dozen dancers aged 8 to 70, a revival of José Limón’s 1971 piece “Dances for Isadora” (inspired by dance pioneer Isadora Duncan) and the premiere of Jennifer Salk’s “A Small Piece of the Story.” The UW’s Dance, Music and Drama faculties all have had a hand in the production, which features advanced UW undergraduates, guest artists and community dancers. The Stravinsky score will be “performed” on two disklaviers (programmable pianos) programmed by DXARTS staff and students. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $10-$18 (206-543-4880 or www.meany.org).