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stravinsky, dance, spring, music, anthropology

Based on Igor Stravinsky’s emblematic work, The Rite of Spring, Sacres charts the territories of ritual, bringing together the perspectives of five contemporary choreographers, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Angelin Preljocaj, Sasha Waltz, David Wampach and Olivier Dubois.

The film follows the artists and performers, exploring the images of the primitive that fuel their creativity, and the manner in which they take ownership of the theme of Ritual, giving it new life. Offsetting shots of rehearsals and public performances against ethnographic archival footage by Jean Rouch, Luc de Heusch and W.F. Murnau, Sacres conducts a fictional and dreamlike reflection on the uneasy borders between ritual and its representations.

Film Credits

Directors: Etienne Aussel, Valérie Gabail

Producers: Valérie Gabail

Photography: Etienne Aussel

Editing: Etienne Aussel

Sound: Thierry Bertomeu, Eric Rey

Music: Antoine Strippoli

Production Company: Compagnie Surimpressions


2017: Images en bibliothèques – Paris (France) – Film soutenu par la Commission nationale de sélection des médiathèques 2016: FIPA (Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels) – Biarritz (France) – Compétition


Orginal Title: Sacres

UK Classification: None

Subtitles: Yes



Length: 73 min

Colour: Yes

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