As part of the eighth edition of the COIL festival, Performance Space 122 (PS122) and The Invisible Dog Art Center present the U.S. premiere of SACRE, from French choreographer David Wampach and his company Association Achles. Performed by Wampach and dancer Tamar Shelef, SACRE is a radical reimagining of Vaslav Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring. The duet attempts to maintain the earthy, wild dissonance of the 1913 original.
The premiere of Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring is both a legendary scandal and a milestone in dance history. Drawing inspiration from filmmaker Jean Rouch and photographer Trude Fleischmann, Wampach's SACRE opens a new perspective on this historic work. With a minimalist setting and a grotesque and eerie touch, SACRE is an extreme experience-one that leaves performers exhausted.
Performances of SACRE will take place tonight, January 10, 11, 14 at 7:30pm and January 13 at 5pm at The Invisible Dog Art Center (51 Bergen Street in Brooklyn). The event is free. Reservations are required and can be made at www.ps122.org/coil or by phone at 212-352-3101. In addition to COIL, SACRE is part of the French Highlights festival, which will also present Wampach in a public talk on Jan 14, 11am-1pm at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy (972 Fifth Ave).