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Les ballets C de la B in Alain Platel’s tauberbach.© Les ballets C de la B. (Click image for larger version)

Les ballets C de la B – tauberbach – London

Alain Platel was inspired to make this work by the life of an elderly Brazilian woman named Estamira. Suffering from schizophrenia, yet charismatic and philosophical, she lived on a municipal rubbish dump…

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…

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