Pina Bausch Foundation + École des Sables + Sadler’s Wells - The Rite of Spring / common ground[s]

Théâtre Maisonneuve From October 5 To 8, 2022

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In this exceptional collaboration, some 30 dancers from 14 African countries perform Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring and pay tribute to her unparalleled genius. One of the highlights of the season!

An emblem of modernity, Stravinsky’s masterpiece, with its extraordinary telluric power, has inspired generations of contemporary choreographers. This “great pagan sacred ritual,” in the composer’s own words, is a landmark in the work of Pina Bausch. For several months, at the École des Sables, south of Dakar, a team of artists from Tanztheater Wuppertal revived and shared the essence of the Rite choreographed by Bausch in 1975 with performers from 14 African countries. On the soil-covered stage, male and female dancers clash and engage in a wild and poetic struggle that culminates in the sacrifice of the Chosen One.

To open the evening, common ground[s] witnesses the meeting between Germaine Acogny, first lady of contemporary African dance and founder of the École des Sables, and Malou Airaudo, an icon of the first hour of Tanztheater Wuppertal. Two women’s destinies and two dance traditions intertwine in a sensitive and moving duet, reflecting their connection and rich respective histories.


2 Shows Package: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch AND École des Sables
2 Shows Package: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch AND École des Sables

Take advantage of a discount of up to 20% off (depending on your selected category) when purchasing tickets for both shows:


These two shows can be included as part of a Danse Danse subscription for 2022-23, but do not have a subscription rate.

Note: When purchasing a package online, only the “best seats available” option will be offered. To choose your own seats, you can contact the Place des Arts box office at 514 842-2112 / 1 866 842-2112 or come to the ticket counter in person.

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