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Friday, October 21, 2022 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 22, 2022 8:00 PM // Power Center

The Rite of Spring /
common ground[s]

Pina Bausch / Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo, choreographers

Performance
Q&A
Photo Credit: Maarten Vanden Abeele
 

“How would you dance, if you knew you were going to die?”

The late choreographer Pina Bausch asked her dancers this question in 1975, when she created her vision of The Rite of Spring, where a young woman is sacrificed so spring can arrive. Her pioneering work, one of the first that established her iconic approach to dance theater, is now being danced by a newly assembled company of dancers from more than a dozen African countries.

Rite is paired with a new work created, performed, and inspired by the lives of two remarkable women: Germaine Acogny, the founder of the Senegalese company École des Sables who is widely considered “the mother of contemporary African dance,” and Malou Airuado, who performed leading roles in many of Bausch’s early works as a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This poetic and tender antidote to Rite, common ground[s], reflects their shared histories and emotional experiences.

Join us after the Friday, October 21 performance for a Post-Performance Artist Q&A to get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists who bring their creativity to the stage.

The Rite of Spring
Choreography: Pina Bausch
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Set and Costumes: Rolf Borzik
Collaboration: Hans Pop
World Premiere: 3 December 1975, Opera House Wuppertal

Restaging
Artistic Directors: Josephine Ann Endicott, Jorge Puerta Armenta, Clémentine Deluy
Rehearsal Directors: Ditta Miranda Jasjfi and Çağdaş Ermiş, Barbara Kaufmann, Julie Shanahan, Kenji Takagi

common ground[s]
Co-Choreographers and Dancers: Germaine Acogny, Malou Airaudo
Composer: Fabrice Bouillon LaForest
Costume Designer: Petra Leidner
Lighting Designer: Zeynep Kepekli
Dramaturg: Sophiatou Kossoko


Co-produced 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, and Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi.

The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the International Coproduction Fund of the Goethe-Institut, and kindly supported by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

Meet the Choreographers

Pina Bausch
Pina Bausch
Choreographer - The Rite of Spring
Germaine Acogny
Germaine Acogny
Choreographer and Dancer – common ground[s]
Malou Airaudo
Malou Airaudo
Choreographer and Dancer – common ground[s]

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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  • Herbert S. and Carol L. Amster Endowment Fund

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The Rite of Spring /
common ground[s]

Pina Bausch / Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo, choreographers

Power Center
Starting at $50 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

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Buy Tickets Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

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10/21/22 8:00 PM
10/22/22 8:00 PM

Power Center

The Rite of Spring /
common ground[s]

Pina Bausch / Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo, choreographers

Performance
Q&A
Buy Tickets
Starting at $50 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

“How would you dance, if you knew you were going to die?”

The late choreographer Pina Bausch asked her dancers this question in 1975, when she created her vision of The Rite of Spring, where a young woman is sacrificed so spring can arrive. Her pioneering work, one of the first that established her iconic approach to dance theater, is now being danced by a newly assembled company of dancers from more than a dozen African countries.

Rite is paired with a new work created, performed, and inspired by the lives of two remarkable women: Germaine Acogny, the founder of the Senegalese company École des Sables who is widely considered “the mother of contemporary African dance,” and Malou Airuado, who performed leading roles in many of Bausch’s early works as a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This poetic and tender antidote to Rite, common ground[s], reflects their shared histories and emotional experiences.

Join us after the Friday, October 21 performance for a Post-Performance Artist Q&A to get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists who bring their creativity to the stage.

The Rite of Spring
Choreography: Pina Bausch
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Set and Costumes: Rolf Borzik
Collaboration: Hans Pop
World Premiere: 3 December 1975, Opera House Wuppertal

Restaging
Artistic Directors: Josephine Ann Endicott, Jorge Puerta Armenta, Clémentine Deluy
Rehearsal Directors: Ditta Miranda Jasjfi and Çağdaş Ermiş, Barbara Kaufmann, Julie Shanahan, Kenji Takagi

common ground[s]
Co-Choreographers and Dancers: Germaine Acogny, Malou Airaudo
Composer: Fabrice Bouillon LaForest
Costume Designer: Petra Leidner
Lighting Designer: Zeynep Kepekli
Dramaturg: Sophiatou Kossoko


Co-produced 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, and Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi.

The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the International Coproduction Fund of the Goethe-Institut, and kindly supported by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

Buy Tickets

The Rite of Spring /
common ground[s]

Pina Bausch / Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo, choreographers

Power Center
Starting at $50 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

CHOOSE A PERFORMANCE:

Buy Tickets

Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

Meet the Choreographers

Pina Bausch
Pina Bausch
Choreographer - The Rite of Spring
Germaine Acogny
Germaine Acogny
Choreographer and Dancer – common ground[s]
Malou Airaudo
Malou Airaudo
Choreographer and Dancer – common ground[s]

Thank You to Our Sponsors

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

  • Herbert S. and Carol L. Amster Endowment Fund

MEDIA PARTNERS

Pina Bausch
Pina Bausch
Choreographer - The Rite of Spring

Pina Bausch was born in 1940 in Solingen and died in 2009 in Wuppertal. She received her dance training at the Folkwang School in Essen under Kurt Jooss, where she achieved technical excellence.

Soon after the director of Wuppertal’s theatres, Arno Wüstenhöfer, engaged her as a choreographer, from autumn 1973, she renamed the ensemble the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Under this name, although controversial at the beginning, the company gradually achieved international recognition. Its combination of poetic and everyday elements influenced the international development of dance decisively.

Awarded some of the greatest prizes and honors worldwide, Pina Bausch is one of the most significant choreographers of our time.

Germaine Acogny
Germaine Acogny
Choreographer and Dancer – common ground[s]

Senegalese French dancer, teacher, and choreographer Germaine Acogny is known as the “mother of contemporary African dance.” She studied at the École Simon Siegel in Paris and established her first dance studio in Dakar in 1968. There, she developed her own technique for Modern African dance, combining the influence of dances she had inherited from her grandmother, a Yoruba priestess, with her knowledge of traditional African and occidental dance.

Between 1977 and 1982, Acogny was the artistic director of Mudra Afrique (Dakar), before moving to Toulouse in 1985, where she and her husband, Helmut Vogt, founded the “Studio-École-Ballet-Théâtre du 3è Monde.” In 1995, she returned to Senegal and established an international education center for traditional and contemporary African dances, l’École des Sables.

In 1998, she started her own dance company, Jant-Bi, whose productions include Les écailles de la mémoire – Scales of memory (2008), a collaboration with Urban Bush Women, and notably, Fagaala, based on the genocide in Rwanda and winner of a Bessie Award (2007). Acogny’s other prominent works and credits include Sahel (1987), YE’OU (1988 – winner of the London Contemporary Dance and Performance Award 1991), Tchouraï (2001), Bintou Were – a Sahel Opera (2007), Songook Yaakaar (2010), Mon élue noire – Sacre no.2, choreography Olivier Dubois, (2014, based on the original music of The Rite of Spring, winner of a Bessie Award 2018) and A un endroit du début (2015).

Acogny is a respected emissary of African Dance and Culture and continues to collaborate with schools and dance centers and teach masterclasses worldwide.

Malou Airaudo
Malou Airaudo
Choreographer and Dancer – common ground[s]

Born in Marseille in 1948, Malou Airaudo began dancing at the age of eight, at the Opéra de Marseille. At seventeen, she joined the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo, where she became a soloist working with Léonide Massine, before joining Françoise Adret and her Ballet-Théâtre-Contemporain in 1968.

In the early 1970s, she moved to New York to work with Paul Sanasardo and Manuel Alum, the latter choreographing the solo Woman of a Mystic Body for Airaudo. It is there that she meets Pina Bausch for the first time.

In 1973, she was invited by Pina Bausch to join her in Wuppertal, Germany where the director of the city’s theatres Arno Wüstenhöfer had just appointed her at the head of the Wuppertal Ballet, which she soon renamed the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Airaudo became one of the key figures of the ensemble, creating major roles in various productions, such as Iphigenie auf Tauris, Orpheus und Eurydike, Café Müller, and dancing The Rite of Spring as well as in many other pieces.

She was also a founding member of the Parisian dance company, La Main, along with Jacques Patarozzi, Dominique Mercy, Helena Pikon, and Dana Sapiro, and worked with choreographer Carolyn Carlson at the Teatrodanza La Fenice in Venice.

From 1984 until 2018, she taught dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen-Werden, and in 2012, she became the Director of the university’s Institute of Contemporary Dance.

Her choreographic accomplishments include Le Jardin des Souvenirs, Jane, Je Voudrais Tant, Schwarze Katze, and If You Knew, created from the mid-90s onward for companies such as the Folkwang Tanz Studio, the Ballet de Nancy, the Ballet de Geneva, the Ballet du Nord, and the Venice Biennale. In the last decade, she has also worked with Pottporus Renegade Theatre creating work with break-dancers like Irgendwo and Verlorene Drachen.

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