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.
The Rite of Spring
Choreography Pina Bausch
Music Igor Stravinsky
Set & costumes Rolf Borzik
Collaboration Hans Pop
World Premiere 3 December 1975, Opera House Wuppertal 2020 Restaging
Artistic Directors Josephine Ann Endicott, Jorge Puerta Armenta
Rehearsal Directors Clémentine Deluy, Ça?da? Ermi?, Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Barbara Kaufmann, Julie Shanahan, Kenji Takagi
Co-Choreographers & dancers Germaine Acogny, Malou Airaudo
Composer Fabrice Bouillon LaForest
Costume Designer Petra Leidner
Lighting Designer Zeynep Kepekli
Dramaturg Sophiatou Kossoko
Production Pina Bausch Foundation; École des Sables; Sadler’s Wells
Co-production 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; 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.