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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…

Silvia Farias-Heredia in Masurca Fogo.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Masurca Fogo – London

★★★★✰   How do you find the soul of a city? It was a challenge that Pina Bausch and her company took on again and again with their World Cities series of tanztheater works – and “Masurca Fogo”, made in 1998, must rank as one of the most successful attempts.

Andrey Berezin in Masurca Fogo.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Masurca Fogo

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Nazareth Panadero in Pina Bausch's Kontakthof.© Julieta Cevantes. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Kontakthof – New York

Herein lies one of the more unfortunate traits of Kontakthof: there is more madness than dancing…

Julie Shanahan in 1980.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – 1980 – London

The cast’s collective maturity serves the work well since the central theme of many of the 50 or so episodes concerns the passage of life; concentrating especially on memories of childhood and youth contrasting with images of old age.

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…

Pablo Aran Gimeno in Água.© Oliver Look. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Agua – London

Sometimes Água’s moving images are dizzyingly beautiful, undulating palm fronds echoing the women’s waving tresses; sometimes they seem reminders that civilisation is only skin deep; or that the untamed jungle is indifferent to human concerns.

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.

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