Dancing at Dusk – A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables and Sadler’s Wells
Germany / Senegal / UK
A specially assembled company of 38 dancers from 14 African countries dance Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring.
24 May—28 May
In this stunning film, Pina Bausch’s iconic choreography The Rite of Spring (1975) is danced in an extraordinary setting, on the beach in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal.↓ Read more
40 mins (plus 7-min behind-the-scenes film)
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Available to watch in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland only
7pm, Mon 24 May – 11:59pm, Fri 28 May
From the show
★★★★★ “One of the most fabulous things I have seen ... It is over. Yet dance, triumphantly, lives on.”
“There is a strength, beauty and ferocity in the execution ... and the film’s up-close camera work allows that visceral detail to register more powerfully than is possible in a theatre.”
“The dancing is convulsive and self-lacerating - but also beautiful, and at times tender. The performance has the raw energy of something that hasn’t yet been rehearsed to synchronized perfection, and that looseness adds to the piece’s immediacy."
The New York Times
“The energy and conviction of the dancers is exemplary... an exciting document of an historic moment”
Filmed as the world descended into lockdown, it captures the last rehearsal of a specially assembled company of 38 dancers from 14 African countries, and documents a unique moment in their preparations for an international tour.
A rare opportunity to watch one of the world’s greatest dance works.
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 Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany), École des Sables (Senegal) and Sadler’s Wells (UK) 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 moment by performing a last rehearsal on a beach near their base at École des Sables in Senegal. Filmmaker Florian Heinzen-Ziob and his crew were able to capture this unique moment in a stunning film.
Enhance your Experience
As part of this screening, you will also get access to a short behind-the-scenes film (7 minutes) that documents rehearsals for the stage production of The Rite of Spring, including interviews with key spokespeople.
- Dancers Rodolphe Allui, Sahadatou Ami Touré, Anique Ayiboe, D'Aquin Evrard Élisée Bekoin, Gloria Ugwarelojo Biachi, Luciény Kaabral, 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), Asanda 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
- 2020 Restaging:
- 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 & Costume Design Rolf Borzik
- Collaboration Hans Pop
Co-produced with Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Festspielhaus, St Pölten; Ludwigsburg Festival; Los Teatros del Canal, 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.
Filmed before social distancing requirements were in place.
Music courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.