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In spring 2020, 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 Ecole 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 occasion by performing a last rehearsal on a beach near their base at Ecole des Sables in Senegal. Filmmaker Florian Heinzen-Ziob and his crew were able to capture this unique moment in a stunning film.
PRE-SHOW DOCUMENTARY CLIP
Les multiples visages du Sacre du printemps (The Many Faces of the Rite of Spring). With Valérie Lessard, professor of dance history, and guest artists. Produced by Filigrane Archives (10 minutes).
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Dancing at Dusk: A Moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring (40 minutes) .
Pina Bausch The Rite of Spring—Rehearsals at Ecole des Sables (7 minutes).
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Valérie Lessard talks with Germaine Acogny, artistic director of École des Sables, and Jorge Puerta Armenta, former member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and a re-stager of The Rite of Spring at Ecole des Sables. Produced by Filigrane Archives (12 minutes).
This webcast is an initiative of Danse Danse (Montreal) in collaboration with Canadian Stage (Toronto), Dance House (Vancouver), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Springboard Performance (Calgary).
Photo © Wilfried Krüger
Pina Bausch was born in 1940 in Solingen and died in 2009 in Wuppertal. She received her dance training at the Folkwang School in Essen under Kurt Jooss, where she achieved technical excellence. Soon after the director of Wuppertal’s theatres, Arno Wüstenhöfer, engaged her as choreographer, from autumn 1973, she renamed the ensemble the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Under this name, although controversial at the b...Read more about Pina Bausch
The Pina Bausch Foundation was established in 2009 shortly after the death of Pina Bausch by her son Salomon Bausch. The charitable foundation based in Wuppertal owns the rights to the works and choreographies of Pina Bausch along with the set and costume designs of Rolf Borzik and the extensive Pina Bausch archive. The foundation’s role is to carry Pina Bausch’s oeuvre forward i...Read more about Pina Bausch Foundation, Ecole des Sables + Sadler’s Wells
FILM Dancing at Dusk – A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring (2020)
Dancers Rodolphe Allui, Sahadatou Ami Touré, Anique Ayiboe, D'Aquin Evrard Élisée Bekoin, Gloria Ugwarelojo Biachi, Luciene Cabral, Khadija Cisse, Sonia Zandile Constable, Rokhaya Coulibaly, Astou Diop, Serge Arthur Dodo, Estelle Foli, Aoufice Junior Gouri, Zadi Landry Kipre, Bazoumana Kouyaté, Babacar Mané, Vasco Pedro Mirine, Stéphanie Mwamba, Florent Nikiéma, Shelly Ohene-Nyako,Brian Otieno Oloo, Harivola Rakotondrasoa, Oliva Randrianasolo (Nanie), As anda Ruda III, Tom Jules Samie, Amy Collé Seck, Pacôme Landry Seka, Gueassa Eva Sibi, Carmelita Siwa, Armel Gnago Sosso-Ny, Amadou Lamine Sow, Aziz Zoundi.
Further company dancers Korotimi Barro, Inas Dasylva, Franne Christie Dossou, Profit Lucky, Vuyo Mahashe, Didja Kady Tiemanta.
Director and Editor Florian Heinzen-Ziob.
Cinematographer & Colour Correction Enno Endlicher.
Sound Recording & Sound Design Armin Badde.
Production polyphem Filmproduktion.
Artistic Directors Josephine Ann Endicott, Jorge Puerta Armenta.
Rehearsal Directors Clémentine Deluy, Çağdaş Ermiş, Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Barbara Kaufmann, Julie Shanahan, Kenji Takagi.
The Rite of Spring Choreography Pina Bausch.
Music Igor Stravinsky.
Set and Costume Design Rolf Borzik. Collaboration Hans Pop.
World Premiere 3 December 1975, Opera House Wuppertal, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
Dancing at Dusk – A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring (2020) is produced by Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany), Ecole des Sables (Senegal) and Sadler’s Wells (United-Kingdom).
Filmed before social distancing requirements were in place.
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 and kindly supported by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
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.