Catherine Pawlick wrote:
That Nijinsky's set design, costumes and most of all, choreography for «The Rite of Spring» reflect perfectly the complex dissonance and uneven measures of Stravinsky's accompanying score was once again visible as the ballet returned to the Mariinsky stage at the close of the 2007-2008 season. The company performs this wild attempt at modern movements rarely, and indeed the piece is disturbing enough to warrant that infrequency. Friday night's performance, as faithful to the original as could be, nonetheless left viewers unsettled, which was no doubt part of the choreographer's original intent.
I think that was what both Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky wanted when the wrote this ballet in the first place--a "ballet" that completely broke with the conventions of all those Marius Petipa-choreographed ballets from the second half of the 19th Century. When it premiered in Paris in 1913, it caused a riot in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and even now regardless of which ballet company stages this ballet it's still considered a very unusual show. I'm surprised that even the conservative MT would even do this ballet--I just can't see the more "modern" Bolshoi doing it either because it is such a weird piece.