• Dance

  • Documentary Film

DANCING AT DUSK – A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring

By Florian Heinzen-Ziob A Pina Bausch Foundation, Sadler´s Wells and École des Sables production

England | Germany | Senegal

  • 40 minutos
  • General Audience

In March 2020, a spectacular new version of The Rite of Spring by Pina Bausch was going to be premiered, starring dancers from all over Africa. Unfortunately, the pandemic put an end to that. Even when there’s no premiere though, there can still be a beautiful documentary.

Dancing at dusk is the recording of iconic choreography The Rite of Spring by German choreographer Pina Bausch performed at sunset on an extraordinary stage: the beach at Toubab Dialaw in Senegal.

Filmed while the whole world was going into lockdown due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this film by German documentary maker Florian Heinzen-Ziob captures the last rehearsal of a company that was created especially for this piece, made up of 38 dancers from 14 African countries. They were brought together in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal by the École des Sables, a company cofounded by choreographer Germaine Acogny. The film shows the preparations for an international tour that didn’t end up happening and for a premiere that was going to be March 25, 2020 in Dakar, Senegal’s capital.

This is how Dancing at dusk turned into an unusual opportunity to see one of the best dance pieces in the world.

Cast and crew

Dancers: Rodolphe Allui, Sahadatou Ami Touré, Anique Ayiboe, Korotimi Barro, D'Aquin Evrard Élisée Bekoin, Gloria Ugwarelojo Biachi, Luciene Cabral, Khadija Cisse, Sonia Zandile Constable, Rokhaya Coulibaly, Inas Dasylva, Astou Diop, Serge Arthur Dodo, Franne Christie Dossou, Estelle Foli, Aoufice Junior Gouri, Zadi Landry Kipre, Bazoumana Kouyaté, Profit Lucky, Vuyo Mahashe, Babacar Mané, Vasco Pedro Mirine, Stéphanie Mwamba, Florent Nikiéma, Shelly Ohene-Nyako, Brian Otieno Oloo, Harivola Rakotondrasoa, Oliva Randrianasolo (Nanie), Asanda Ruda III, Tom Jules Samie, Amy Collé Seck, Pacôme Landry Seka, Gueassa Eva Sibi, Carmelita Siwa, Armel Gnago Sosso-Ny, Amadou Lamine Sow, Didja Kady Tiemanta, Aziz Zoundi | Director and film editor: Florian Heinzen-Ziob | Produced by: Polyphem Filmproduktion | Cinematography: Enno Endlicher | Sound editor: Armin Badde.

THE RITE OF SPRING (1975) || Choreographer: Pina Bausch | Music: Igor Stravinsky | Set and costume designer: Rolf Borzik | Collaboration: Hans Pop.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULED TO BE PRESENTED ON MARCH 25, 2020 || Artistic director: Josephine Ann Endicott | Rehearsal directors: Clémentine Deluy, Çağdaş Ermiş, Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Barbara Kaufmann, Jorge Puerta Armenta, Julie Shanahan, Kenji Takagi. This play will be toured worldwide in 2021.

A Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables & Sadler’s Wells production | Co-produced by: Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Les Théâtres de la Ville, Luxemburg; the Holland Festival, Amsterdam and Festspielhaus, St Pölten | Project financed by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Culture and Science, Germany and the Goethe Institute | With support from: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

Florian Heinzen-Ziob

Documentary maker

Cinematographic portraits of the world

Born in 1984 in Duisburg, Germany, he worked as an assistant director and as an editor and specialist in animation in Hamburg after graduating from high school. Between 2006 and 2012, he studied multimedia art and cinematographic directing at the Art Academy for Media in Cologne. He made a series of full-length feature films, animated films and documentaries that were shown at numerous international festivals and retransmitted on German television. Between 2013 and 2015, he filmed his first full-length documentary, Original Copy, in Bombay, India; this work had its world premiere in 2015 at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and was shown at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. In March 2017, it was premiered to great reviews on the German stage. He is cofounder of Polyphem Filmproduktion and lives and works in Cologne.

Pina Bausch


A master with close ties to Chile

This award-winning German dancer and choreographer, who passed away in 2009, was one of the most important figures in contemporary dance worldwide. She was known for her avant-garde style that, among other things, blended dance and theater. She was interested in exploring the possibilities of the human body and linking these to the dancers’ lives and personal stories. She founded the legendary company Tanztheater Wuppertal and had particularly close ties to Chile because of her relationship with artist Ronald Kay and her presentations at Santiago a Mil: Masurca Fogo in 2007 and Como el musguito en la piedra, ay si si sí... in 2010. The latter was the result of a residency in different parts of Chile and was coproduced by the Teatro a Mil Foundation.

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