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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring is inspiration for Dada Masilo’s The Sacrifice

DanceHouse presents The Sacrifice at the Vancouver Playhouse on May 5 & 6.

Inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring, South Africa’s award-winning choreographer Dada Masilo roots her rendition, The Sacrifice, in the rituals, rhythms, and sounds of Botswana.

Presented by DanceHouse, this North American premiere features a cast of ten dancers and four musicians exploring the intricate symbiosis of community, sacrifice, and renewal in a fusion of Tswana, the traditional dance of Botswana, and contemporary dance performed to a live original score.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Vancouver audiences to Dada Masilo’s innovative and intoxicating vision in The Sacrifice,” says Jim Smith, artistic and executive Director of DanceHouse. “Masilo combines the European heritage of The Rite of Spring with the uniquely rhythmic and expressive movements of Tswana to examine the universal cry of sacrifice for the greater good and the need to give back to help something grow. It is a timely call to all of us.”

DanceHouse presents The Sacrifice at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St, Vancouver) on May 5 & 6. Visit for tickets and information.

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