tanztheater wuppertal pina bausch


A witty, sensual evocation of courtship rituals staged in a 1930s dance hall.

After the dance.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - Le Sacre du printemps

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées - Paris

Recently, I had the great chance to see the Tanztheater Wuppertal perform Pina Bausch’s version of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps, in Paris. It was so powerful and poetic, I’ll always remember it.

The ballet itself was preceded by a documentary showing Pina Bausch leading one of her dancers and working the final solo with her. A very interesting process to watch.

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Tanztheater Wuppertal… well what can I say… I’ve never been so inexplicably moved by dancers and music and choreography as I am by this. They seem to be able to translate experiences and emotions and thoughts into movement as if it were the most natural thing in the world. 

As Pina herself said:

‘When I first began choreographing, I never thought of it as choreography but as expressing feelings. Though every piece is different, they are all trying to get at certain things that are difficult to put into words. In the work, everything belongs to everything else - the music, the set, the movement and whatever is said.’ 


Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 23 - 26 Apr 2015 Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch present the second piece in their annual season which celebrates the choreographic genius of Bausch as the company continue to perform her 46 works all around the world.

The 1987 piece Ahnen (a deliberately ambiguous title, meaning either ‘ancestors’ or ‘foreboding’) has been revived by the company after a decade’s absence in the repertory. Featuring a stage filled with enormous cacti, Ahnen contains what is typical of Bausch’s theatrical universe, and is about “love, loss, longing and desire, and the eradicable human will to survive all” (New York Times).

During her 40 years of choreographing, Pina Bausch developed an artistic canon renowned for its diverse cultural influences and imaginative scenography. One of Bausch’s most visually striking pieces, Ahnen has never before been performed in the UK.