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Pina Bausch / Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo The Rite of Spring / Common Ground[s]

On tour

The idea of ‘exchange’ is central in this two-part programme which marks the first collaboration between the Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany), École des Sables (Senegal) and Sadler’s Wells (UK).

Two dancers performing in common ground[s]
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Pina Bausch’s (1975) The Rite of Spring is danced by a newly assembled company of dancers from African countries. In this pioneering work, with music by Stravinsky, a ‘chosen one’ is sacrificed changing the season from winter to spring.

Common ground[s] is a new work created, performed and inspired by the lives of two remarkable women: Germaine Acogny, “the mother of contemporary African dance” and founder of École des Sables and Malou Airaudo who has performed leading roles in many of Bausch’s early works. This poetic and tender piece, the duo’s first collaboration, examines their shared histories and emotional experiences.

Dancing at Dusk
Dancing at Dusk, A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring, returns to Digital Stage to watch for free. Available to 20 March 2023.

Touring calendar
29 Nov – 14 Dec 2023 Park Avenue Armory New York, USA Tickets here
2 & 3 Feb 2024 Charleston Gaillard Centre Charleston, USA Tickets here
9 – 11 Feb 2024 The Music Centre Los Angeles, USA Tickets here
16 – 18 Feb 2024 Cal Performances Berkeley, USA Tickets here
28 & 29 Feb 2024 Lugano Arte e Cultura Lugano, Switzerland Tickets here
7 & 8 Mar 2024 Schrit-tmacher Festival Heerlen, Netherlands Tickets here

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If you’re interested in booking this production for a venue or festival, we’d love to hear from you.

Bia Oliveira
Head of Producing & Touring

Aristea Charalampidou
Tour Producer

The Rite of Spring 
Choreography: Pina Bausch
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Set and Costumes: Rolf Borzik
Collaboration: Hans Pop
World Premiere: 3 December 1975, Opera House Wuppertal

2021 Restaging  
Artistic Directors: Jo Ann Endicott, Jorge Puerta Armenta, Clémentine Deluy
Rehearsal Directors: Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Çağdaş Ermiş, Barbara Kaufmann, Julie Shanahan, Kenji Takagi

common ground[s]  
Co-Choreographers and Dancers: Germaine Acogny, Malou Airaudo
Composer: Fabrice Bouillon LaForest
Costume Designer: Petra Leidner
Lighting Designer: Zeynep Kepekli
Dramaturg: Sophiatou Kossoko

A Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables & Sadler’s Wells production, co-produced with Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Festspielhaus, St Pölten;Ludwigsburg Festival;Teatros del Canal de la Comunidad de Madrid, Adelaide Festivaland Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi.

The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the International Coproduction Fund of the Goethe-Institut, and kindly supported by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.