The Rite of Spring credit Maarten Vanden Abeele 0014

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

  • 4 performances


  • Duration

    1 h 35 min, intermission

  • Venue

    Erkko Hall

  • Tickets

    69–40 €

  • show times

    Thu 24.8. at 5 PM
    Fri 25.8. at 7 PM
    Sat 26.8. at 7 PM
    Sun 27.8. at 2 PM

  • Duration 1 h 35 min, includes an intermission

The stage is covered in peat, and sweat stains the dancers’ dresses. The Rite of Spring depicts a ritual human sacrifice required for winter to turn into spring.

Having premiered in 1975, the work is among those best known by Pina Bausch, the most influential European choreographer of her time, who visited Helsinki Festival in 2005. The work is based on the music composed by Igor Stravinsky, which shook cultural circles in 1913. The raw power of Stravinsky’s composition and Bausch’s choreography – both emotional and physical – has not gone stale with age.

At Helsinki Festival, The Rite of Spring will be performed by 32 dancers from 14 different African countries. “Gut-wrenching brilliance”, The Guardian characterised their powerful performance.

The joint evening opens with the duet common ground[s]. The new work is created, performed and inspired by the lives of two remarkable women: Germaine Acogny, a pioneer of African contemporary dance, and Malou Airaudo, one of the early leading members of Pina Bausch’s dance group. Both are in their seventies. This poetic and tender piece, the duo’s first collaboration, examines their shared histories and emotional experiences.

The event is organized and part of the Helsinki Festival.

The performances are sold out.

Note: The seats in the first row are very close to the performers. The performance contains nudity. The turf used in the performance may form dust in the air during the performance.

Ticket information

Standard ticket | 57–69 €
Discount tickets | 40 € Under 25, Students, Unemployed, Civil Servants, Conscripts.
Pensioners | 54 €

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Note: To ensure good visibility to everyone, The Erkko Hall auditorium is steep. Please note that there is no lift to the upper section. Only the first row seats are fully accessible.

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

— The Guardian

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, Adelaide Festival and Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi

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

common ground[s]

Co-Choreographers and Dancers

Germaine Acogny, Malou Airaudo


Fabrice Bouillon LaForest

Costume Designer

Petra Leidner

Lighting Designer

Zeynep Kepekli


Sophiatou Kossoko

Picture: Maarten Vanden Abeele

The Rite of Spring


Pina Bausch


Igor Stravinsky

Original Set and Costume Design

Rolf Borzik


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


Rodolphe Allui, Anique Ayiboe, Gloria Ugwarelojo Biachi, Khadija Cisse, Sonia Zandile Constable, Rokhaya Coulibaly, Inas Dasylva, Astou Diop, Serge Arthur Dodo, Franne Christie Dossou, Estelle Foli, Aoufice Junior Gouri, Luciény Kaabral, Zadi Landry Kipre, Bazoumana Kouyaté, Profit Lucky, Babacar Mané, Vasco Pedro Mirine, Stéphanie Mwamba, Florent Nikiéma, Shelly Ohene-Nyako, Brian Otieno Oloo, Harivola Rakotondrasoa, Oliva Randrianasolo (Nanie), Asanda Ruda, Tom Jules Samie, Amy Collé Seck, Pacôme Landry Seka, Gueassa Eva Sibi, Carmelita Siwa, Amadou Lamine Sow, Didja Kady Tiemanta, Aziz Zoundi

With thanks to

Sahadatou Ami Touré, Korotimi Barro, D'Aquin Evrard Élisée Bekoin, Vuyo Mahashe, Armel Gnago Sosso-Ny

Kuva: Maarten Vanden Abeele
"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

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