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Pina Bausch / Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo The Rite of Spring / common ground[s]

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A company of two dozen black dancers, all facing to the right, heads turned towards us or back over their shoulders. They float just above the ground, bare feet pointing towards the soil, as if they’ve just jumped straight up. The women wear soft slip dresses of creamy silk, while the men have bare chests and black trousers.

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.

Image description: A company of two dozen black dancers, all facing to the right, heads turned towards us or back over their shoulders. They float just above the ground, bare feet pointing towards the soil, as if they’ve just jumped straight up. The women wear soft slip dresses of creamy silk, while the men have bare chests and black trousers.

Creative Credits:
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

Restaging
Artistic Directors – Josephine Ann Endicott, Jorge Puerta Armenta, Clémentine Deluy
Rehearsal Directors – Ditta Miranda Jasjfi and 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 Festival and 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.

Supported by the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

Photo: Maarten Vanden Abeele © Pina Bausch Foundation

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The Rite of Spring, exactly the same choreography that Pina Bausch premiered in 1976, seemed last night more tragic and spectacular, more thrilling and perhaps also, favourably, more out of control.EL PAÍS ON THE RITE OF SPRING

The energy and freshness of the young ensemble are as stirring and stimulating as Stravinsky’s music. This music has no age, just like the choreography has no expiration date.TANZSCHRIFT ON THE RITE OF SPRING

A ground-breaking example of the repertoire of Pina Bausch’s unique work. And it also shows its universal validity. The original choreography from 1975 remains unchanged, and yet clings to the body of the African performer as if it were tailor-made.TANZ.AT ON THE RITE OF SPRING

[The dancers] give the drama of the music a shape that is noticeably influenced not only by their “African” origins, but especially by the multitude of traditional and contemporary dance roots that the individual brings with them.ONLINE MERKER ON THE RITE OF SPRING

Neither sentimentality nor nostalgia was necessary to enjoy this loving and clever encounter between two dance traditions and two women’s destinies. Both ladies exuded grace and power, not denying that they had both turned 70, but on the contrary involving and embracing it so that it became an artistic quality in itself.CPH CULTURE ON COMMON GROUND[S]

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