In memory of Gérard Mortier
We will never forget two challenging artistic as well as friendly encounters with Gérard Mortier. In 2003, during the Ruhrtriennale, Pina Bausch herself danced in her piece Café Müller in Bochum’s Jahrhunderthalle. For the first and only time it was accompanied by the music of Henry Purcell, performed live by the Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Frieder Bernius, just as Gérard Mortier wanted it. In 2005 he invited the company to the Salzburg Festival with the piece Nelken (Carnations) – the performances caused some of the more conservative audience members to storm out of the auditorium.
We are very grateful to have known Gérard Mortier and for the enriching experiences that he gave us.