Matthias Burkert

 
was born in Duisburg in 1953, and studied piano, trumpet and singing at the Wuppertal college of the Cologne music academy. Having completed his studies, in 1978 he took up a position teaching piano there. From 1976 he was musical director of Wuppertal's children's theatre. He soon became exposed to the work of Pina Bausch and was deeply moved. His greatest passion was improvisation and he had an extensive knowledge of music. In 1979 she engaged him to work at the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Through intensive collaboration with Pina Bausch, Burkert had a decisive influence on the musical aspect of the performances, but also appeared on stage in some pieces. Since 1995 he has held joint responsibility for music at the Tanztheater Wuppertal with Andreas Eisenschneider. More

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Matthias Burkert
Uwe Schinkel
Tanztheater Wuppertal - Pina Bausch