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PINA BAUSCH, GERMAINE ACOGNY, MALOU AIRAUDO — THE RITE OF SPRING and COMMON GROUND[S]

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Iliked Pina Bausch and I liked her work. There is a synergy between what we both were doing… When I first saw Pina’s Rite of Spring, I felt it was an African rite. — Germaine Acogny*

 

Legendary choreographers, a shattering composition, an ingenious collaboration, a highlight of the dance season.

Necessarily extending a hand to keep his mother’s work alive, Salomon Bausch—chair of the Pina Bausch Foundation—reached out to the École des Sables in Dakar and Sadler’s Wells in London with the idea of restaging Bausch’s 1975 interpretation of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

The result of this international partnership—and the first production of Bausch’s Rite to be performed exclusively by dancers from Africa—arrives in Los Angeles this week at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Preceding Rite, École des Sables co-founder Germaine Acogny and longtime Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch dancer Malou Airaudo will perform their new piece common ground[s], accompanied by a live ensemble conducted by Werner Dickel.

See info and links below for details.

 

THE RITE OF SPRING

Choreographed by Pina Bausch

common ground[s]

Choreographed and danced by Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo

Thursday through Sunday, February 8, 9, and 10, at 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 11, at 2 pm

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 North Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles

musiccenter.org/riteofspring

 

*Sarah Crompton, “An Exchange” (Germaine Acogny, Malou Airaudo, Salomon Bausch, Alistair Spaulding).

musiccenter/docs

 

For more on The Rite of Spring and common ground[s], see:

pinabausch.org/commongrounds

 

 

From top: Pina Bausch, The Rite of Spring, music by Igor Stravinsky; Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo, common ground[s], Acogny (foreground) and Airaudo; The Rite of Spring; common ground[s], Airaudo (foreground) and Acogny; The Rite of Spring; common ground[s].

Photographs by Maarten Vanden Abeele, courtesy and © the artist(s) and Dance at the Music Center.