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Dancing at Dusk

Company: Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage

In spring 2020, Pina Bausch’s 1975 seminal work, The Rite of Spring, was due to tour the world.

Performed by a specially assembled company of 38 dancers from 14 African countries, this international co-production between Sadler’s Wells (UK), Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany) and École des Sables (Senegal) should have opened in March 2020 in Dakar as part of a double-bill with a new work created and performed by Malou Airaudo and Germaine Acogny, common ground[s]. However, just days before the première, performances were cancelled as governments around the world banned public gatherings and began shutting their borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Before disbanding and going into lockdown, the company seized the moment by moving their last rehearsal to the beach near their base at École des Sables in Senegal. Filmmaker Florian Heinzen-Ziob and his crew were able to capture this unique moment on film.

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