The Rite of Spring / common ground[s]
  • Edinburgh International Festival

Dancers from across Africa perform Pina Bauschs acclaimed choreography of The Rite of Spring in a double bill with the duet common ground[s] by Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo.

The UK premiere of Pina Bauschs The Rite of Spring was performed in 1978 at the International Festival. This year, it returns with the original choreography and a cast of 34 specially assembled dancers from 14 African countries. In this pioneering work, on an earth-covered stage, dancers clash and engage in a wild and poetic struggle to the music of Igor Stravinsky.

To open the evening, the new work common ground[s] is performed and created by two remarkable women: Germaine Acogny, the mother of contemporary African dance and Malou Airaudo, who has performed leading roles in many of Bauschs early works. This is the duos first collaboration; a poetic and tender piece that examines their shared histories and emotional experiences.

Supported by James and Morag Anderson

Pina Bausch Foundation / cole des Sables / Sadlers Wells

The Rite of Spring

Pina Bausch Choreographer

Igor Stravinsky Composer

Rolf Borzik Set and Costume Designer

Hans Pop Collaboration

Josephine Ann Endicott, Jorge Puerta Armenta and Clmentine Deluy Restaging Artistic Directors

common ground[s]

Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo Co-Choreographers & Dancers

Fabrice Bouillon LaForest Composer

Petra Leidner Costume Designer

Zeynep Kepekli Lighting Designer

Sophiatou Kossoko Dramaturg

A Pina Bausch Foundation, cole des Sables & Sadlers Wells production, co-produced with Thtre de la Ville, Paris; Les Thtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Festspielhaus,St Plten; Ludwigsburg Festival; Teatros del Canal de la Comunidad de Madrid, Adelaide Festival & Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi.

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