Speeches

What moves me

Speech held by Pina Bausch on the occasion of the Kyoto Prize award ceremony in 2007.

Published by courtesy of the Inamori Foundation

When I look back on my childhood, my youth, my period as a student and my time as a dancer and choreographer – then I see pictures. They are full of sounds, full of aroma. And of course full of people who have been and are part of my life. These picture memories from the past keep coming back and searching for a place. Much of what I experienced as a child takes place again much later on the stage.

Let me begin then with my childhood.

Wim Wenders on 9/4/09 for Pina, at the memorial ceremony

We all knew Pina,
each of us in a different way.
We knew her as a mother, as a friend, as a confidant,
as dancer, as choreographer,
as vigilant skeptic, indefatigable worker,
professional yet caring boss,
attentive observer and listener,
as a humble international star...