On May 29, 1913, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), premiered in Paris. The public hissed and laughed, and a riot ensued. Critics called it “the work of a madman.”
Less than one year later, on April 5, 1914, The Rite of Spring was performed again in Paris. It was a rousing success. After the performance, Stravinsky was carried from the theater in triumph on the shoulders of his admirers.
What happened? Here’s what I think happened. And how I think it relates to creative, cultural disruption today.