Today in Theatre History: NIJINSKY AND THE TURKEY TROT–May 29

Nijinsky's Rite of Spring, Paris, 1913

Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring, Paris, 1913.

Hot to trot.

A couple of turkeys hot to trot.

Exactly 100 years ago today–May 29, 1913–Nijinsky’s controversial and ground-breaking Rite of Spring opened in Paris causing a near riot.  Exactly one year earlier on May 29, 1912, in Philadelphia, fifteen young women working for the Curtis Music Publishing Company met during their lunch hour to dance the latest craze:  The Turkey Trot–a scandalous act for which all fifteen were immediately fired.  Coincidence?

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