The Rite of the spring / common ground[s] Pina Bausch
Germaine Acogny
Malou Airaudo

Sep 19th - 30th, 2022
Women in white dresses, standing in dirt, facing three-quarters forward with their right arms raised.
Sep 19th - 30th, 2022
La Villette, Paris
Partner — Théâtre de la Ville
90 min

In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris for the presentation of The Rite of spring by Pina Bausch, and common ground[s], with Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo.

In this historic exchange between Africa and Europe, Pina Bausch’s Rite - recreated with dancers from all over Africa - is followed by a duet, between Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo.

This project marks its era in dance. Under the direction of former and current performers of this monument of dance, 36 dancers from 14 African nations reimagine Pina Bausch’s iconic Rite accompanied by a score by Stravinsky, a groundbreaking masterpiece in the history of music.

For her part, Germaine Acogny, the mother of contemporary dance in Africa, created a duet with Malou Airaudo, one of the great performers of the Tanztheater Wuppertal.

These two grandes dames of dance swap sensations, memories, and experiences, and share them with the public. Guaranteed to enrichen your artistic - not to mention human - sensibilities.

Thomas Hahn

Photo: © Maarten Vanden Abeele

- The Rite of the spring / common ground[s]