Past event

28 February 2024

Sala Teatro


29 February 2024

Sala Teatro


The idea of an “exchange” is at the heart of this extraordinary two-part programme which marks the first collaboration involving the Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany), the École des Sables (Senegal) – an international centre for traditional and contemporary African dance – and Sadler's Wells theatre (United Kingdom).

A key work for understanding the aesthetics of Pina Bausch, "the mother of dance theatre" as well as one of the world’s most important choreographers, La Sagra della Primavera [The Festival of Spring] (1975) is performed by a company intentionally consisting of dancers coming from African countries. Faithful to Stravinsky's composition, the choreography - acclaimed by audiences and critics internationally - examines an inflexible ritual, with the sacrifice of a "chosen one", which changes the season from winter to spring. On stage, bare-chested men and scantily dressed women dance a dry and violent sacrificial rite on an earth-covered stage.
common ground[s] is a new work created, performed and inspired by the life of two extraordinary women: Germaine Acogny, “the mother of contemporary African dance” and winner of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2021 Venice Biennale, and Malou Airaudo, former member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, where she played central roles in many works by Pina Bausch. Both are choreographers, teachers and mothers: this poetic and tender duet reflects their stories, their emotional experiences, and their common grounds.

common ground[s]

co-choreographer and dancers
Germaine Acogny, Malou Airaudo

Fabrice Bouillon LaForest

Petra Leidner

lighting designer
Zeynep Kepekli

Sophiatou Kossoko

Adam Davis
Carlota Margarida Ramos

Ana Catarina Pimentel Rodrigues
Mariana Silva Taipa

Wei-Chueh Chen
Alejandro Vega Sierra

Nicolas Lopez
Ana Maria Sandu
Alexandru-Adrian Semeniuc

Fabrice Bouillon LaForest

Prof. Werner Dickel

sound engineer
Christoph Sapp


The Rite of Spring

Pina Bausch

Igor Stravinsky

Rodolphe Allui, Sahadatou Ami Touré, Anique Ayiboe, Gloria Ugwarelojo Biachi, Khadija Cisse, Sonia Zandile Constable, Rokhaya Coulibaly, Inas Dasylva, Astou Diop, Serge Arthur Dodo, Franne Christie Dossou, Yoro Fallet, Estelle Foli, Alexandre Garcia, Aoufice Junior Gouri, Zadi Landry Kipre, Manuella Kouassi, Bazoumana Kouyaté, Profit Lucky, Babacar Mané, Vasco Pedro Mirine, Stéphanie Mwamba, Florent Nikiéma, Shelly Ohene-Nyako, Brian Otieno Oloo, Harivola Rakotondrasoa, Oliva Randrianasolo (Nanie), Tom Jules Samie, Amy Collé Seck, Pacôme Landry Seka, Gueassa Eva Sibi, Carmelita Siwa, Amadou Lamine Sow, Didja Kady Tiemanta, Aziz Zoundi

with thanks to
Korotimi Barro, D'Aquin Evrard Élisée Bekoin, Luciény Kaabral, Vuyo Mahashe, Asanda Ruda, Armel Gnago Sosso-Ny 

sets and costumes
Rolf Borzik

with the collaboration of
Hans Pop

world premiere
3 December 1975, Opera House Wuppertal

artistic directors
Jo Ann Endicott
Jorge Puerta Armenta
Clémentine Deluy

rehearsal directors
Çağdaş Ermiş
Ditta Miranda Jasjfi
Barbara Kaufmann
Julie Shanahan
Kenji Takagi

Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables, Sadler's Wells

in co-production with
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, Adelaide Festival; Festival of the Two Worlds, Spoleto

Project funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and Internationaler Koproduktionsfonds des Goethe-Institut, and supported by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.