Le Sacre du Printemps

Spring is approaching. Nature awakens from its winter sleep. People gather and perform a sacrificial ritual in honour of the earth. In the end, a chosen one dances herself to death. That - in a nutshell - is the plot of "Le Sacre du Printemps" (the Rite of Spring), which premiered in 1913.
The composer Igor Stravinsky and the choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky were once fascinated by pre-modern human-nature relationships and created their groundbreaking work. A century later, interest turns into necessity. The need to rethink the relationship to the earth. Who is actually sacrificing whom here? And if, in the end, humanity sacrifices itself, what might a new beginning look like? 

Belgian choreographer Michiel Vandevelde takes on "Le Sacre du Printemps" and gives the sacrificial ritual a concise update. Vandevelde reduces the piece, written for a large dance ensemble, to a duet and follows Stravinsky's composition with a contemporary one. The evening's choreography emerges from hand signals and gestures - one of the earliest forms of interpersonal communication. When Stravinsky's last note fades away, pulsating beats announce part two. The beginning of a fascinatingly tender attempt to give form to a life in coexistence.

Language: Not language based
Duration: approx. 65 minutes
Content Awareness: sudden lightchanges, nudity, intimacy
age recommendation: 16 and older


David Attenberger und Brandy Butler

Production Team

Konzept, Choreografie, Licht: Michiel Vandevelde

Komposition: Igor Strawinsky & Fallon Mayanja

Szenografie & Textilkunst: Elen Braga

Kostüm: Stef Van Looveren

Video: Juan Ferrari

Dramaturgie & Text: Eneas Nikolai Prawdzic

Regieassistenz: Gina Müller

Szenografieassistenz: Noé Wetter

Kostümassistenz: Flurina Vieli

Hospitanz: Mia Frick

Stimmen: Brandy Butler, Edward Butler Junior, Nina Braun, Challenge Gumbodete, Lulu Obermayer

David Attenberger

Brandy Butler

Michiel Vandevelde

Elen Braga

Stef Van Looveren

Juan Ferrari

Eneas Nikolai Prawdzic

Noé Wetter