So long as there are ramshackle buildings, rusty tools, and lonely fields of tall crops, there will always be horror…
An ancient fire and fertility ritual in Sweden, still practiced today is set to the music and theme of the legendary 1913 Igor Stravinsky's score, for the Nijinsky ballet, Le Sacre Du Printemps. Ancient rituals of Viking and pagan traditions were fascinating to artist and folklorist, Nicolas Roerich who designed the sets and costumes (many of which are in the Dance Museum in Stockholm.) He also collaborated on the libretto. Images from the past together in a collage of photographs, drawings and early footage blaze together in the pagan night, Valborgsmassoafton celebration. Valborg was an Anglo-Saxon saint who lived during early missionary times Christianizing pagan Europe.
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