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Dance Consortium Dada Masilo’s The Sacrifice

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Five Black women stand facing us, leaning forwards as their hands join to clap. The woman closest to us (Dada Masilo) has her head thrown back, mouth open in a joyful smile. They wear soft green sleeveless dresses, the hems dipped in black, with a glimpse of red underskirt. In the background, the silhouettes of trees are projected against a violet sky.

In a UK premiere, South African choreographer Dada Masilo embraces the traditional dance of Botswana in a work inspired by Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.


South Africa’s award-winning Dada Masilo wowed critics and audiences with her stunning re-imagining of Giselle in 2019. Now back by popular demand, Masilo and her company of incredible dancers return with the London premiere of The Sacrifice.

Featuring live music on stage, The Sacrifice is inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Celebrating the advent of Spring, a young girl is chosen as a sacrifice and dances herself to death as part of an ancient ritual.

This combines the European heritage of this monumental work with the uniquely rhythmic and expressive movements of Tswana, the traditional dance of Botswana. Rooted in story-telling and healing ritual, Masilo and her dancers deliver an exhilarating performance with an original, contemporary score.

Masilo has always been fascinated by different dance forms, fusing ballet with modern and traditional dance to present classic stories with a new twist.

[Image description] Five Black women stand facing us, leaning forwards as their hands join to clap. The woman closest to us (Dada Masilo) has her head thrown back, mouth open in a joyful smile. They wear soft green sleeveless dresses, the hems dipped in black, with a glimpse of red underskirt. In the background, the silhouettes of trees are projected against a violet sky.

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Audio Described Performances There are a limited number of Stalls seats reserved for partially sighted patrons, and headsets available for those wishing to listen to the audio description, please email tickets@sadlerswells.com if you wish to book these options
Touch Tour To accompany the Audio Described performance, visually impaired patrons can go on a Touch Tour before the performance. Your tour guide will take you backstage, or onto the stage itself, to feel costumes and pieces of the set and learn more about the production. To find out touch tour times, please contact our Ticket Office at tickets@sadlerswells.com or by calling 020 7863 8000.
Tremendous. The whole cast are committed and excellent performers
★★★★ THE TIMES on Giselle
Stunning. A brilliant fusion of classical and contemporary movement that reflects her South African roots.
★★★★★ NORTH WEST END on Giselle

Since its controversial premiere at the Theatre de Champs Elysees in Paris in 1913 the Stravinsky score has become a rite of passage for most choreographers. We recently saw Pina Bausch’s interpretation performed by dancers from across the African continent and Mats Ek and Israel Galván will accept the challenge this autumn. In 2023 we look forward to a Bharatnatyam infused version by Seeta Patel and Dada Masilo’s interpretation not using the Stravinsky score but inspired by the traditional dance and music of Botswana…Alistair Spalding CBE

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Post-show talk
In conversation with Dada Masilo, hosted by Alistair Spalding. BSL interpreted.

Audio Described Performances There are a limited number of Stalls seats reserved for partially sighted patrons, and headsets available for those wishing to listen to the audio description, please email tickets@sadlerswells.com if you wish to book these options
Touch Tour To accompany the Audio Described performance, visually impaired patrons can go on a Touch Tour before the performance. Your tour guide will take you backstage, or onto the stage itself, to feel costumes and pieces of the set and learn more about the production. To find out touch tour times, please contact our Ticket Office at tickets@sadlerswells.com or by calling 020 7863 8000.
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Touch Tour To accompany the Audio Described performance, visually impaired patrons can go on a Touch Tour before the performance. Your tour guide will take you backstage, or onto the stage itself, to feel costumes and pieces of the set and learn more about the production. To find out touch tour times, please contact our Ticket Office at tickets@sadlerswells.com or by calling 020 7863 8000.
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