02/08/2024 - 02/11/2024
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Performance Run Time
94 minutes with one 30-minute intermission
common ground[s] (Malou Airaudo and Germaine Acogny)
The Rite of Spring (Pina Bausch)
A Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables & Sadler’s Wells production.
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How would you dance, if you knew you were going to die? This is the central question the late choreographer Pina Bausch asked of her dancers in 1975 when she created her seminal work The Rite of Spring. The work examines unyielding ritual when the sacrifice of a “chosen one” changes the season from winter to spring. This pioneering piece, establishing Bausch's iconic approach, has flourished to become one of the 20th century’s most significant and important works in dance. Faithful to Stravinsky’s visceral score, Bausch’s monumental choreography is given a thrilling new life by a specially assembled company of more than 30 dancers from 14 countries. Dancing on a peat-covered stage, they clash and engage in a poetic struggle of life, ritual and sacrifice that pays tribute to Bausch’s unparalleled genius.
Rite is paired with a new work, common ground[s], created, performed and inspired by the lives of two remarkable women who have each juggled roles as choreographers, professors and grandmothers: Germaine Acogny, the founder of the Senegalese École des Sables, who is widely considered to be “the mother of contemporary African dance,” and Malou Airaudo, who performed leading roles in many of Bausch’s early works as a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Their tender choreographic response to Rite reflects their shared histories, emotional experiences and common ground.
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Promo Code Section
This production contains brief partial nudity and uses peat moss as part of the staging.
No late seating will be permitted for this performance. If you arrive after the start of the performance, you will be directed to one of the lobby screens. Ushers will seat you at the earliest appropriate time as determined by the performance.
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Grounded in Creative Practice Photo Exhibit
Taking inspiration from the dance work common ground[s] by Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo, visitors can browse through Grounded in Creative Practice, a free photo exhibit on Jerry Moss Plaza, featuring works by local young photographers who have intimately captured older Angelenos in joyful moments of creative happiness.
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