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Dada Masilo Dada Masilo
Dada Masilo

Dada Masilo´s The Sacrifice (Das Opfer)

Choreography: Dada Masilo

The Dance Factory

The 1913 premiere of Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps" in Paris was one of the greatest theatrical scandals. Since then, numerous choreographers have dared to tackle this material. During her studies in Brussels, Dada Masilo became familiar with Pina Bausch's legendary "Sacre" choreography. In 2021, she premiered her own version of the rite of spring.
Dada Masilo grew up in Soweto, a township of Johannesburg, South Africa. She has become internationally known for her innovative dance rewritings of classical European ballet. Masilo's dynamic interpretations of "Swan Lake" or "Giselle” open up ballet classics to current political issues: They question gender roles and the representation of homosexuality.
For "The Sacrifice," Masilo and her company have explored the dances and rituals of Botswana. They interweave this unique, highly rhythmic and expressive movement vocabulary with contemporary dance. This combination is Masilo's very own style: It deconstructs European and African stereotypes, breaking away from the original story of the spring sacrifice. Instead, she questions what we sacrifice in our daily lives. Driven by the catchy live music of Tlale Makhene, Ann Masina, Leroy Mapholo, and Nathi Shongwe, Dada Masilo’s "The Sacrifice" is an independent, emotional work of expressive images which she presents together with nine dancers from her Johannesburg ensemble.

Choreography: Dada Masilo
With: Dada Masilo, Sinazo Bokolo, Thandiwe Mqokeli, Lwando Dutyulwa, Thuso Lobeko, Steven Mokone, Lebo Seodigeng, Tshepo Zasekhaya, Songezo Mcilizeli
Music: Ann Masina, Leroy Mapholo, Tlale Makhene, Nathi Shongwe
Costumes: David Hutt
Sound: Thabo Pule
Light: Suzette le Sueur
Executive Assistent: Thabiso Tshabalala

Commissioned by: The Prince Claus Fund Next Generation Award 2018; The Joyce Theatre Foundation's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work. Supported by: Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen; Bühnen Köln/Tanz Köln; Maison de la Danse, Lyon; La Villette, Paris.

Age: 14+

Note: The production shows explicit nudity.

Photo: John Hogg

Duration: 1h 0m
No break