The Rite of Spring
choreography Pina Bausch
music Igor Stravinsky
restaging: artistic direction Josephine Ann Endicott, Jorge Puerta Armenta, Clémentine Deluy
set and costumes Rolf Borzik
Sadler's Wells, London • 7-11.Jun.22
With one dancer lying in the dirt in a pool of red cloth, two dozen barefoot performers enter the stage, half of them men and half of them women, gliding and pulsating, stretching their backs, rippling their muscles, heaving their bodies into the air. Occasionally the men and women regroup on their own, challenging each other and ultimately singling out a woman, who is then dressed in red and must now give the performance of her life.
The dancers pour everything into their performances as they become drenched in sweat, so much so that gasping for breath becomes part of the choreography. The sheer energy of the performances carries its own impact, with added reverberations in how such passionate movement echoes through society, gender and race. Yes, this is a challenging and experiential piece that demands a visceral connection with the audience. And it leaves us almost as breathless as the performers.
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photos by Maarten Vanden Abeele • 7.Jun.22