The Rite of Spring | common ground[s] Pina Bausch, Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo

12 till 15 January 2023

Amare, Den Haag

€33.00 - €69.00


Due to great success additional performance on Sunday, January 15 at 2:00 pm. 

Amare and Holland Dance Festival present the iconic program: The Rite of Spring in the celebrated choreography of Pina Bausch and the duet common ground[s] created and danced by Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo. This production is a collaboration of Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables and Sadler's Wells. After London, Paris and Canada, this high-profile performance comes to The Hague where it can be seen exclusively from Thursday, January 12 to Sunday, January 15.

“The Rite of Spring, exactly the same choreography that Pina Bausch premiered in 1976, seemed more tragic and spectacular, more thrilling and perhaps also, favourably, more out of control”


Stravinsky's masterpiece, an emblem of modernity, has inspired generations of contemporary choreographers with its extraordinary earthy power. This "great pagan sacred ritual," in the words of the composer himself, is a milestone in the work of Pina Bausch. For several months, a team of dancers from the Tanztheater Wuppertal at the École des Sables in Senegal, relived and shared the essence of the Rite choreographed by Bausch in 1975 with 36 performers from 14 African countries. On the earth-covered stage, male and female dancers clash and engage in a wild and poetic struggle that culminates in the sacrifice of the 'Chosen One.'

To open the evening, common ground[s] witness the meeting between Germaine Acogny, first lady of contemporary African dance and founder of the École des Sables, and Malou Airaudo, an icon of the first hour of Tanztheater Wuppertal. The fates of two women and two dance traditions intertwine in a sensitive and moving duet that reflects their connection and rich respective histories.

Deze dansvoorstelling is te zien dankzij het Fonds Internationale Dans (FIND). Amare, Holland Dance Festival en Nederlands Dans Theater bundelen in dit fonds hun krachten met als doel spraakmakende internationale dansproducties in Amare te presenteren en Den Haag als de dansstad van Nederland te profileren.

Data & tickets

date start time location price tickets
Thu 12 January 2023 20:30 Amare, Den Haag € 33 - € 69 Past
Fri 13 January 2023 20:30 Amare, Den Haag € 33 - € 69 Past
Sat 14 January 2023 20:30 Amare, Den Haag € 33 - € 69 Past
Sun 15 January 2023 14:00 Amare, Den Haag € 33 - € 69 Past




This cast, a tight community assembled from scratch, is immersed in both wrenchingly abstracted and realistic movement. ★★★★

The Guardian

As the community of dancers build to a climax, a sense of foreboding in the air, the combination of grace and visceral fury in their movement is electrifying. ★★★★

The Times

It’s both real and a work of incredibly structured dance, and here the dancers endow it with deep humanity and supreme skill. ★★★★

The Guardian



The Rite of Spring
Choreography: Pina Bausch
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Set and Costumes: Rolf Borzik
Collaboration: Hans Pop
World Premiere: 3 December 1975, Opera House Wuppertal

Artistic Directors: Jo Ann Endicott, Jorge Puerta Armenta, Clémentine Deluy
Rehearsal Directors: Çağdaş Ermiş, Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Barbara Kaufmann, Julie Shanahan, Kenji Takagi

common ground[s]
Co-Choreographers and Dancers: Germaine Acogny, Malou Airaudo
Composer: Fabrice Bouillon LaForest
Costume Designer: Petra Leidner
Lighting Designer: Zeynep Kepekli
Dramaturg: Sophiatou Kossoko

A Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables & Sadler’s Wells production
Co-produced with Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Festspielhaus, St Pölten; Ludwigsburg Festival; Teatros del Canal de la Comunidad de Madrid and Adelaide Festivaland Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi.

The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the International Coproduction Fund of the Goethe-Institut, and kindly supported by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.