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

Pina Bausch / Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo

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).

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

 

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;
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 Goethe Institut and kindly supported by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
 

Coronavirus update: Following government advice, all performances at Sadler’s Wells’ theatres have been cancelled until 9 June. Read more

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