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

1 - 31 July 2020

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Background information

This year, Pina Bausch’s 1975 seminal work, The Rite of Spring, was due to tour the world. Performed by a specially assembled company of 38 dancers from 14 African countries, this international co-production between Sadler’s Wells (UK), Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany), and École des Sables (Senegal), should have opened in March 2020 in Dakar as part of a double-bill with a new work created and performed by Malou Airaudo and Germaine Acogny, common ground[s]. However, just days before the premiere, performances were cancelled as governments around the world banned public gatherings and began shutting their borders due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Before disbanding and going into lockdown, the company seized the moment by performing a last rehearsal on a beach near their base at École des Sables in Senegal. Filmmaker Florian Heinzen-Ziob and his crew were able to capture this unique moment in a stunning film.


Creative credits


Dancers

Rodolphe Allui, Sahadatou Ami Touré, Anique Ayiboe, Korotimi Barro, D'Aquin Evrard Élisée Bekoin, Gloria Ugwarelojo Biachi, Luciene Cabral, Khadija Cisse, Sonia Zandile Constable, Rokhaya Coulibaly, Inas Dasylva, Astou Diop, Serge Arthur Dodo, Franne Christie Dossou, Estelle Foli, Aoufice Junior Gouri, Zadi Landry Kipre, Bazoumana Kouyaté, Profit Lucky, Vuyo Mahashe, Babacar Mané, Vasco Pedro Mirine, Stéphanie Mwamba, Florent Nikiéma, Shelly Ohene-Nyako, Brian Otieno Oloo, Harivola Rakotondrasoa, Oliva Randrianasolo (Nanie), Asanda Ruda III, Tom Jules Samie, Amy Collé Seck, Pacôme Landry Seka, Gueassa Eva Sibi, Carmelita Siwa, Armel Gnago Sosso-Ny, Amadou Lamine Sow, Didja Kady Tiemanta, Aziz Zoundi

Film production

Director, Editor: Florian Heinzen-Ziob
Production: polyphem Filmproduktion
Cinematographer: Enno Endlicher
Sound Engineer: Armin Badde

The Rite of Spring (1975)

Choreography: Pina Bausch
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Set and Costume Design: Rolf Borzik
Collaboration: Hans Pop

2020 Restaging, originally planned to premiere on 25 March 2020:

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

The future of the stage production

The double-bill Rite of Spring / common ground[s] will tour internationally in 2021. More information and tour dates will be available here.

The Rite of Spring / common ground[s] is 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.

 

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