Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring on the beach

This beautiful and powerful performance was filmed just before lockdown on the beach in Senegal. A re-telling of the late Pina Bausch’s ballet, Le Sacre du printemps / Rite of Spring (1975) set to Igor Stravinsky’s score, the dance depicts a ritualistic sacrifice whereby the ‘Chosen One’ changes the season from winter to spring. In this new collaboration between Sadler’s Wells in the UK, the Pina Bausch Foundation in Germany and the École des Sables in Senegal, 32 dancers’ were specially recruited from 14 African countries with range of dance backgrounds and techniques. They were in the midst of the final rehearsals in Senegal before the start of an international tour when news of Coronavirus broke. In response to the impending crisis and the tour’s cancellation, the dancers’ went to the beach just after sunset to dance one final time and the result is this extraordinary performance, captured on film by documentary film-maker Florian Heinzen-Ziobwas. Dancing at Dusk is available to rent for just £5 from Sadler’s Well until 31 July.

Dancing at Dusk
Available until 31 July 2020
— Daisy Allsup
8th July 2020