"Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch" tag
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.

English National Ballet in Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen bill – London

★★★★★   One cannot help but observe that while the programmes of other companies both hit and miss, in terms of their critical appreciation and popular appeal, ENB is continually raising the bar…

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)

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

Gandini Juggling – Smashed: Special Edition – London

★★★★✰   Bausch with added balls.

Patrick Williams Seebacher, Johnny M. Lloyd, Dimitri Jourde, Fabian Thomé and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Fractus V.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Fractus V – London

★★★★✰   The work itself is a statement of faith that collaboration is better than confrontation. Each dancer has a powerful presence but Cherkaoui has forged a remarkable unity from these disparate elements…

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

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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 Ahnen.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

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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.

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

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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…

Paul White in the studio preparing Anatomy of an Afternoon.© Paul Hyde. (Click image for larger version)

Paul White – Anatomy of an Afternoon – London

It’s a really demanding work, and the intimate setting of the Purcell Room brings you up close to every drop of sweat.

Paul White in the studio preparing Anatomy of an Afternoon.© Paul Hyde. (Click image for larger version)

Paul White – Dancer, Collaborator, Lecturer and Choreographer

5 Questions to Paul White. Last year Australian Paul White danced at the Southbank Centre in Meryl Tankard’s ‘The Oracle’ and won a UK National Dance Award for Outstanding Performance. This week he dances in a new piece at the Southbank – another winner? We catch up with him…

Transitions Dance Company publicity image.© Chris Nash, (Click image for larger version)

Transitions Dance Company – 2014 Mixed bill – London

Transitions Dance Company is a finishing school that provides a special opportunity to contextualise their dance studies and training and this year’s ensemble demonstrated a strong range of capabilities across a wide spectrum of skill sets.

Trisha Brown Company in Set and Reset.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2014: Trisha Brown, Akram Khan, Pina Bausch, Jockey Club Series

The 2014 Arts Festival offered contemporary dance from established international masters along with new wave work from Asia, Scandinavia and Hong Kong itself.

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.

The legs of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in 1980.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

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Paul White in Meryl Tankard's The Oracle.© Regis Lansac. (Click image for larger version)

Meryl Tankard – The Oracle – London

It’s a virtuoso accomplishment by all the collaborators. …But Stravinsky’s score in this melodramatic recording, conducted by Kent Nagano, is too huge for a single figure.

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