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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.

Shantala Shivalingappa in Gamaka.© C.P.Satyajit. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Shantala Shivalingappa – Dancer and Choreographer

Shivalingappa first caught my eye at the 2007 Fall For Dance festival, where she danced Varnam, a Kuchipudi solo. I was immediately struck by her musicality, the power and precision of her footwork, and the absolute clarity of her movements. And to the grace of her upper body and a jump that seems to comes out of nowhere, light and airy as a cat’s.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Bamboo Blues – London

Once again, the performers of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch win over the audience with an apparently effortless ease…. Anna Wehsarg – a gorgeous statuesque redhead with legs that go on forever – can just walk on the stage, gazing into the audience and she has me captured.

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