Laurent Chétouane: Sacré Sacre du Printemps

Dance performance

  • © Knut Klassen
    (c) Knut Klassen

In Sacré Sacre du Printemps, the choreographer and director Laurent Chétouane chose The Rite of Spring, one of the most important works of music and dance history in the twentieth century, as the subject for his new work: Igor Stravinsky's composition, which initially met with miscomprehension and rejection at its 1913 premiere, is closely linked to Nijinsky's choreography, and has inspired numerous other choreographers, from Maurice Béjart to Pina Bausch, to create works of their own. In Rite of Spring, today understood as a musical epochal piece of modernism, the exotic is placed in the center of our society, but yet by way of this inclusion is assimilated and thus robbed of its actual unfamiliarity, and Chétouane takes up this issue in creating his own choreography. In shifting the subject from the ritual sacrificial victim to the choreographic and visual ›sacrifice‹ of the Rite of Spring itself, Chétouane engages with our incapacity of allowing the foreign to exist in all its difference.

In a two-part evening that places the seven dancers engaged in the rite in a musical tension between Stravinsky's music on the one hand and a new composition by the musician Leo Schmidthals, Chétouane develops the vision of a development that allows for living together with the foreign, precisely on the basis of its non-integratability and unrepresentability: the sacrifice of the Rite of Spring as a new ritual for the other allowed to remain other.

Laurent Chétouane developed an incomparable style in the late 1990s. In his theater works, he presents habits of vision by consciously exhibiting texts, gestures, and movement as if controlled from beyond. His works represent an attempt to find the ›ethics of a movement‹. Chétouane is one of the most controversial directors in the German theater today and one of the most original artists in the world of contemporary dance.

Direction and Choreography —
Stage design —
Video —
Costume design —
Music —
Igor Strawinsky, Leo Schmidthals
Anna Melnikova und Sigal Zouk
Dramaturgie —


— 27. September 2012
Further dates
— 28. 29. September
— ca. 1 h 40 min
— 27. September: 27. September: 19:30
— 20 / 30 €
Reduced prices start at 10,00 €
  • Thu27Sep
    Laurent Chétouane: Sacré Sacre du Printemps on 27. September 2012 at 8.00 PM
  • Fri28Sep
    Laurent Chétouane: Sacré Sacre du Printemps on 28. September 2012 at 8.00 PM
  • Sat29Sep
    Laurent Chétouane: Sacré Sacre du Printemps on 29. September 2012 at 7.30 PM
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Open discussion
— Change of date: with Laurent Chétouane after the performance on September, 29th instead of 27th
Presented by PACT Zollverein for Ruhrtrienale. A production of Sacre GbR, coproduced by Ruhrtriennale, PACT Zollverein Essen, Theater Bremen, Tanzquartier Wien, Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales, Kaaitheater Brussel, Kampnagel Hamburg. Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Senate's Chancellery, Cultural Affairs.

Tomek Jeziorski is presented in the context of "Klopsztanga.Polen grenzenlos NRW", with the friendly support of Adam Mickiewicz Institute Warsaw (POL).