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Pina Bausch
Kyomi Ichida

Lutz Förster
Claudia Irman
Hans Pop

Detlef Erler

Michael Felber

Jan Minarik

Production secretary
Angelika Kaczmarek

Editing and production
Herbert Rach

Production director
Rudolf Rach

With an excerpt from the piece
The Rite of Spring

World premiere on 3 December 1975 at Opernhaus Wuppertal

Performance rights
Verlag der Autoren
in representation of
Pina Bausch Foundation

Igor Stravinsky

Pina Bausch

Set and costume design
Rolf Borzik

Hans Pop

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
on 7 January 1987 at the Opernhaus Wuppertal

"The Rite of Spring"
written by Igor Fedorovich Stravinsky
performed by Pierre Boulez and The Cleveland Orchestra
℗ 1970 Sony Music Entertainment
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
© Copyright 1912, 1921 By Hawkes & Son (London) Ltd.
With kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes Bote & Bock GmbH, Berlin

The release of this film was funded by:

Kunststiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Kulturstiftung der Länder

Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien

Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

Pina Bausch Editions

© L’Arche Editeur, 1992

© Pina Bausch Foundation, 2024

'Sacre Rehearsal' – A rehearsal document by Pina Bausch (1987)

During the shooting of her film The Plaint of the Empress Pina Bausch was told that the lead dancer performing the role of the Chosen One in The Rite of Spring had fallen ill. The performance was scheduled for the following evening so Pina Bausch called off the filming and immediately organized a rehearsal in order to prepare Kyomi Ichida for the role. Some of the film crew also came to the rehearsal room. Recognizing an opportunity, they began to film the rehearsal, which was already underway.

Pina Bausch led Kyomi Ichida through the choreography step by step, movement after movement, covering the different phases of this, the work’s key scene. The atmosphere of stillness and concentration in which the rehearsal takes place is admirable, and the beauty and originality of the choreographic ideas that come to Pina Bausch are extraordinarily clearly expressed.

The release of this film was funded by:

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