A new staging of Pina Bausch’s 1975 The Rite of Spring with dancers from African countries, alongside a stunning new companion piece.
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The Rite of Spring / common ground[s] description
The name Pina Bausch galvanises Adelaide Festival audiences. Her equally influential near contemporary, Germaine Acogny, dubbed ‘the mother of contemporary African dance’, is less well known in Australia. Having met several times, the two women never directly worked together before Bausch’s untimely death in 2009, but they are connected through one of the most seminal ballet scores of all time: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Bausch’s visceral 1975 version, widely regarded as the finest ever staged, had a lasting impact on Acogny: for her, steeped as she was in traditional Yoruba ritual, it exposed African foundations in the music’s notional ancient Slavic rhythms. Now Salomon Bausch, as part of his mission to transmit his mother’s greatest works to new generations of dancers, has initiated an extraordinary posthumous collaboration: a new staging of Pina’s Rite with dancers based in African countries.
38 superb dancers, selected in an unprecedented audition process, from 14 nations across the continent, rehearsed for months at Acogny’s École des Sables in Senegal, with every gesture from the original production recreated through the dance practice of its distinctive African performers.
Its remarkable companion piece, a tender antidote to the violence of The Rite of Spring, is a new work created and danced by Acogny herself with none other than Malou Airaudo, a founding member and icon of Bausch’s company. common ground[s] sees these two septuagenarians expressing in movement their lives as grandmothers, mothers, daughters and matriarchs of the dance world.
This program, a tribute both to the enduring genius of Pina Bausch and to its expanding horizons, is simply unmissable.
You run with your heart and forget all you have learnt before... It has to be real. If you are not exhausted at the end, you haven’t danced it properly.
Josephine Endicott of Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring
Event additional information
A Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables & Sadler’s Wells production.
The Rite of Spring
Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo
A Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables & Sadler’s Wells production, co-produced with Adelaide Festival, 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 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.
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
Artistic Director Josephine Ann Endicott & Jorge Puerta Armenta
Rehearsal Directors Clémentine Deluy, Çağdaş Ermiş, Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Barbara Kaufmann, Julie Shanahan & Kenji Takagi
Co-Choreographers and Dancers Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo