Dear Friends of the Tanztheater,
The situation that culture and the arts find themselves in has become more difficult since the beginning of this season due to the ever-changing coronavirus restrictions. All the main performing arts associations, including the Deutsche Bühnenverein, Deutsche Musikrat, Dachverband Tanz, BBTK and smaller interest groups and initiatives representing directors and performers, are working feverishly to develop ways of ensuring that live performances with live audiences can resume as quickly as possible, without putting performers or the public at risk.
The Tanztheater Wuppertal has for the most part continued to rehearse and maintain its repertoire in various constellations. Some rehearsals have taken place one on one – one choreographer or rehearsal director with one dancer, for example – while others require a small group of dancers to form a bubble, quarantining, being tested at regular intervals and wearing masks wherever possible. As always, our main priority is to protect all our members of staff.
Following two intensive 6-week rehearsal periods for two new creations by Richard Siegal (photo) and Rainer Behr, we will now go into lockdown until 18th April, ceasing rehearsals and hoping that after 12th April, it will finally be decided to allow our organisation to re-open and schedule the premieres of our new pieces.
Plans for the remainder of this season will be announced in mid or late April. At the end of this season, we also hope to announce more reliable plans for the coming 21/22 season.
LET'S TALK ABOUT DANCE. Tanztheater Calling
The official podcast of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
In the moment - with Christopher Tandy
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions Marc and Christopher couldn’t meet in the studio.
In this home recording episode Marc and Christopher speak about the current rehearsal situation, being in the present moment and Eckhart Tolle’s book A New Earth. Christopher reflects on his personal way becoming a dancer, how to overcome questioning and nervousness and why he had to overcome himself.
Have you ever heard of the small town Blaenpennal?
As the new season starts, we are presenting the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal in a new way: as well as offering insights into the dancers’ artistic biographies for the very first time, we are also publishing snapshots of them performing in recent works as part of our new project FACES. Each image captures an instant, a mere fraction of a second, in the transformation process that a dancer goes through when he or she dances in a piece by Pina Bausch. The black-and-white photographs are not intended to be portraits, but rather the response of another artist – the photographer Jochen Viehoff – to the dancer’s body, face and movement in a moment of rapture. It is only on stage that such heightened moments of transformation and magic can take place.
As time goes on, new photographs will be added to document the wide range of expression in Pina Bausch’s works.