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Breanna O'Mara in Viktor.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Viktor – London

★★★★✰   It’s impossible to make coherent sense of a Bausch piece, whatever the source of her inspiration.

Julie Shanahan in Viktor.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Viktor

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Ana Laguna and Yvan Auzely in Mats Ek's Axe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Elixir Festival – KnowBody II – London

★★★✰✰   Mats Ek’s “Axe” could be the beginning to a new Scandi Noir TV series. There is a man, an axe, a huge pile of wood that he starts to chop with repressed intensity and a visibly distressed wife. It doesn’t look like it will end well.

Gandini Juggling in Smashed: Special Edition.© Kristy Meijers. (Click image for larger version)

Gandini Juggling – Smashed: Special Edition – London

★★★★✰   Bausch with added balls.

Morena Nascimento in ...como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si....© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – …como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si… – London

★★★✰✰ Like all Pina Bausch’s pieces based on her company’s residencies in different cities, this one (which translates as ‘like moss on a stone’), inspired by Chile, is tantalising in its references.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Ahnen.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Ahnen – London

Expecting the unexpected comes with the territory of any production by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and so even unplanned events can seem to be part of the show.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört – London

Auf dem Gebirge comes from her gloomy period, when she was more concerned with the imagery her performers could dig out of themselves than with their abilities as dancers.

Mats Ek and Ana Laguna in Ek's POTATO.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Elixir Festival: Knowbody bill

Gallery by Dave Morgan… Sadler’s Wells presents its largest celebration of lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists with the Elixir Festival. The Knowbody bill includes work by Mats Ek, Dominique Mercy, Hofesh Shechter, Sonia Uribe, Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion…

Julie Shanahan and Eddie Martinez in Two Cigarettes in the Dark.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Two Cigarettes in the Dark – London

Working backwards from the title song that ends Two Cigarettes in the Dark, it’s possible to discern a theme in Pina Bausch’s 1985 piece…

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Palermo Palermo.© Jochen Viehoff. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Palermo Palermo – London

Pina Bausch’s particular brand of dance theatre owns many characteristics that are reiterated again and again throughout her work. The balance of these motifs changed over the years but the act of breaching the fourth wall is generally present.

Julie Anne Stanzak in Ten Chi. © Maarten Vanden Abeele

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Ten Chi – London

Ten Chi is like a musical composition mostly in a minor key – an accumulation of moments and motifs without a strong sense of purpose. In fact, much of the recorded music seems half-heard in sleep. There’s a pervasive feeling of melancholy, of a culture beyond comprehension except in crass tourist terms.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Der Fensterputzer – London

Underpinning all of these familiar devices is the remarkable, intoxicating charisma of this extended family of performers, many of whom have been with the company for 30+ years. They continue to represent, with a comfortable faultless ease, Bausch’s unique cultural legacy…

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in ...como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si... © Ursula Kaufmann. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – …como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si… – London

I have had some of the best dreams ever while wide awake and watching Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. The company conjures imagery that no conscious mind seems capable of assembling.

Anna Wehsarg, Pablo Aran Gimeno, Regina Advento in Nur Du. © Bettina Stob. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Nur Du (Only You), part of World Cities 2012 – London

With every Bausch work some of the images and sketches stick in the mind and linger as the particular flavour of the piece, and these will vary for every audience member. For me, it was how tough it is being a woman in Nur Du.

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