The Sacrifice

  • Show cancelled
  • Dance
The 2021 archive

Dada Masilo

Johannesburg / Created in 2021

A reflection of Dada Masilo’s Botswana heritage, The Sacrifice explores the pain humanity inflicts on itself. Is that really necessary for change?

Le Sacrifice, Dada Masilo, 2021 © John Hogg


With The Sacrifice, choreographer Dada Masilo explores the minimalism and animality of Tswana dance through the lens of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. For the choreographer, who grew up in South Africa in a Xhosa environment, the question wasn’t just to bring together different dances, as she usually does, but to explore her own origins and to work on markers of identity: collective chants, rites, and beyond that, the desire for sacrifice. “To ask something of the ancestors, you have to be able to give something in return.” If The Sacrifice is the reflection of her Motswana heritage, it is first and foremost an exploration of the pain and suffering humans can inflict on each other. It that really necessary for change? What must we sacrifice? How can we start again differently? On the stage, four musicians et twelve dancers form a community whose humour and rites make cruelty just bearable.


With Dada Masilo, Sinazo Bokolo, Refiloe Mogoje, Thandiwe Mqokeli, Lwando Dutyulwa, Thuso Lobeko, Llewellyn Mnguni, Steven Mokone, Kyle Heinz Rossouw, Lebo Seodigeng, Thami Tshabalala, Tshepo Zasekhaya
And the musicians Ann Masina, Tlale Makhene, Leroy Mapholo, Nathi Shongwe

Choreography Dada Masilo
Music Ann Masina, Tlale Makhene, Leroy Mapholo, Nathi Shongwe
Costumes David Hutt


Production  The Dance Factory (Johannesburg)
In partnership with France Médias Monde

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The 2021 archive