Le Sacredu Printemps, also referred to as the Rite of Spring, was a controversial ballet premiered by the Ballet Russes. The score was written by Igor Stravinsky and choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. The ballet premiered in 1913 and caused riot within the audience most likely because it challenged their traditional values and possibly their religious beliefs. Both the music and the choreography were very innovative and experimental. The story involved a sacrifice of a chosen “virgin” girl who must dance to death to honor the ancestors to ensure a good harvest. The video above is a later adaption of the ballet.