In 2019, the Pina Bausch Foundation and the École des Sables (Toubab Dialaw, Senegal) enter a unique exchange project sharing their creative environments and exploring their common ground. This, their first collaboration together, consists of two parts.
One component will see dancers with a background in African dance perform Pina Bausch's Le Sacre du printemps. A workshop tour to Burkina Faso, Senegal and the Ivory Coast will bring together an expansive dance community and serve as an audition format to discover potential participants. Past and present dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch will be given the task of stagers, transmitting the choreography by drawing on their accumulated knowledge.
This will be paired with a new creation. Germaine Acogny and a former ensemble member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal will co-choreograph and perform a new duet. Both artists will explore their unique heritage and discover their commonalities, eventually incorporating this into their new creation.
The project originates from a long-standing awareness the two institutions have had of each other over the years. This led both parties to become eager to engage in a shared project. Positive experiences from previous transmission projects encouraged the Pina Bausch Foundation to explore new conceptual approaches for future projects, in light of the Foundation’s 10th anniversary in the upcoming year. Thereby, focus lies on the reciprocal effect between dancer and choreography: the experiences a dancer gains from dancing a choreography and the marks left on a choreography by the dancer. With this in mind, the two project partners jointly decided on the transmission of Pina Bausch’s choreography set to the music of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. Exchange becomes the fundamental element of this co-operation.
The double bill will premiere in spring 2020 at the classical Théâtre National Daniel Sorano (Dakar, Senegal), followed by outdoor performances at the Centre Culturel Blaise Senghor (Dakar, Senegal) and completing its first phase of touring at the Opernhaus (Wuppertal, Germany). International tours in Africa and across Europe will be developed together with the Sadler’s Wells (London, United Kingdom). The Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, France) will be a special partner in this project. Both, Sadler’s Wells and Théâtre de la Ville have had exceptional relationships with Pina Bausch and Tanztheater Wuppertal for decades.
This project is a co-production between the École des Sables, the Pina Bausch Foundation and Sadler’s Wells. It is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Goethe Institut and kindly supported by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.