1913 is the last peaceful year before the outbreak of the First World War. But the artists of the time forecast the dark era. Authors write desperate stories, painters destroy perspectives and Igor Stravinsky conducts "Le Sacre du Printemps" - an aggressive soundtrack for the cultural revolution, which - on the premier night - causes an inevitable scandal: The Paris audience is disgusted by the brute melodies and the raw choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.
The documentary "1913 - Dance of the Century" analyses "Le Sacre du Printemps" and year 1913. Six different filmmakers create an exciting mosaic consisting of eleven chapters: Stalin and Hitler both live in Vienna, long before they terrorize Europe. Meanwhile the aristocratic rulers of a declining society celebrate the marriage of princess Viktoria Luise, the daughter of the German emperor William II. The monarchs do not realize that they soon will lose all their power. The artists though seem to know: Picasso defines abstract painting, Coco Chanel invents a simple fashion-style, Kafka deals with his overwhelming father-complex, while everything happens to the rhythm of "Le Sacre du Printemps".