The Pina Bausch Foundation and the École des Sables announce their first collaboration

10 Dec 2018

The Pina Bausch Foundation and the École des Sables announce their first collaboration

In 2019, the Pina Bausch Foundation (Wuppertal, Germany) 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

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 kindly supported
by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Further funding partners will be
confirmed at a later date.