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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

For thirty-six years Pina Bausch was the creative nucleus of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Under her leadership, forty-four pieces were created between 1973 and 2009 with which the choreographer rewrote dance history, in close collaboration with her artistic colleagues. Everything about her dance theatre was different from classical ballet. Right from the start the dancers exposed themselves as individual characters, revealing their stories by dancing, singing, talking, sometimes laughing and crying too. With individual scenes playfully sequenced and calling up countless associations, the pieces approach their respective subjects using rich contrast and variety, with human relationships and altercations between the sexes frequently playing a big role. Timeless in its aesthetic and themes, what began as a revolution in Wuppertal eventually affected the evolution of theatre, of classical and modern dance permanently, and influenced the work of a whole generation of choreographers.

Following Pina Bauschs death in 2009 her works have lived on in the dancers of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Nearly two thirds of the current company created pieces with Pina Bausch. Preserving as well as developing the oeuvre has now become one of the ensembles core tasks. During a process of reorientation in 2018 it developed two full-length pieces with transdisciplinary international guest choreographers.

Managing Director Dirk Hesse


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