Dancing at Dusk — A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring

1 - 31 July 2020

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Sadler’s Wells, Pina Bausch Foundation and École des Sables present

Dancing at Dusk — A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring

In this stunning film, Pina Bausch’s iconic choreography The Rite of Spring is danced in an extraordinary setting, on the beach in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal.

Filmed as the world descended into lockdown it captures the last rehearsal of a specially assembled company of 38 dancers from 14 African countries, and documents a unique moment in their preparations for an international tour. A rare opportunity to watch one of the world’s greatest dance works.

We are delighted to offer Dancing at Dusk complimentary to our supporters. Via email, you have received a promo code from Sadler’s Wells to watch the film during a 48-hour period of you choice starting at any point until 12:00 pm BST on Friday 31 July 2020. To begin your free 48-hour viewing period you can either:

  • Use the button in the player at the top of the page to create or log in to a Vimeo account, enter the code provided in the email from Sadler’s Wells and watch here, or
  • Follow the instructions provided in the email from Sadler’s Wells to view directly in Vimeo

If you’re experiencing difficulties in accessing your code or using it to watch the film, please email Rebecca on rebecca.fogg@sadlerswells.com.

Bonus Features

Learn more about this film
Cast and Creative credits

Read the programme note: When the world stopped, the dance continued

Captured before coronavirus lockdowns halted the project, in this short film dancers and the creative team discuss rehearsing this iconic work:


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Filmed before social distancing requirements were in place.

Barclays have supported us to expand Digital Stage during our 2020 closure period due to Covid-19.

Dancing at Dusk—A moment with Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring has been supported by Torunn & David Banks and Jules & Cheryl Burns.

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