Press Release 11/27/17

Press Release 11/27/17

The Seven Deadly Sins


In January 2018 Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch will present a new production of Pina Bausch’s Brecht/Weill double-bill Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins).
With the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra under the musical leadership of Jan Michael Horstmann, singers from the Wuppertal Opera and soloists.

Tickets on sale from Friday 24 November 2017


This double-bill show is one of the milestones of Pina Bausch’s works. Part I consists of Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins), based on Bertolt Brecht’s ballet libretto, premiered 1933 with a George Balanchine choreography at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Part II consists of Fürchtet euch nicht (Don’t Be Afraid), a collage by Pina Bausch of well-known songs from Rise and Fall of the City
of Mahagonny, Happy End, The Threepenny Opera and the Berlin Requiem.


This was the first time Pina Bausch had combined singing, dancing and the language of dance theatre, flouting the genre boundaries, and presenting her dancers as actors and singers. The double-bill was last performed in Moscow and Berlin in December 2009. It returns to Wuppertal for the first time in ten years.

Under the intendance and artistic direction of Adolphe Binder the 1976 double bill is being produced with a new cast. The rehearsal leaders are Josephine Ann Endicott, who danced in the original production, and Julie Shanahan. Alongside dancers who have been performing the work for many years, and ensemble members from every generation of the company, several performers will be appearing with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch for the first time.


Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Double-bill by Pina Bausch

Texts by Bertolt Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill
Musical direction: Jan Michael Horstmann
Theatrical direction and choreography: Pina Bausch
Sets and costume: Rolf Borzik
Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra

 

Part I
Kurt Weill: Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Anna I: Cora Frost
Anna II: tbc
The Family (singers from Wuppertal Opera): Mark Bowman-Hester, Sebastian Campione, Sangmin Jeon, Simon Stricker


Ensemble: Emma Barrowman, Andrey Berezin, Michael Carter, Çağdaş Ermis, Jonathan Fredrickson, Cora Frost, Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Milan Kampfer, Nayoung Kim, Daphnis Kokkinos, Douglas Letheren, Eddie Martinez, Blanca Noguerol Ramírez, Breanna O’Mara, Nazareth Panadero, Helena Pikon, Franko Schmidt, Azusa Seyama, Ekaterina Shushakova, Julie Anne Stanzak, Oleg Stepanov, Julian Stierle, Michael Strecker, Fernando Suels Mendoza, Tsai-Wei Tien, Stephanie Troyak, Ophelia Young, Tsai-Chin Yu …

 

Part II
Fürchtet euch nicht (Don’t Be Afraid)
Therese Dörr, Cora Frost, Jürgen Hartmann, Ingeborg Wolff

 

Emma Barrowman, Andrey Berezin, Michael Carter, Çağdaş Ermis, Jonathan Fredrickson, Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Milan Kampfer, Nayoung Kim, Daphnis Kokkinos, Douglas Letheren, Eddie Martinez, Blanca Noguerol Ramírez, Breanna O´Mara, Nazareth Panadero, Helena Pikon, Franko Schmidt, Azusa Seyama, Ekaterina Shushakova, Julie Anne Stanzak, Oleg Stepanov, Julian Stierle, Michael Strecker, Fernando Suels Mendoza, Tsai-Wei Tien, Stephanie Troyak, Ophelia Young, Tsai-Chin Yu, u.a.
With some double-casting.

 

Guests:
Cora Frost, singer, director and actor, touring for many years with shows of her own songs will play Anna I in The Seven Deadly Sins and sing several of the songs in Don’t Be Afraid.

 

Therese Dörr, a member of the Schauspielhaus Bochum ensemble with experience of dance and chanson alongside formal training in acting, will be taking a role in Don’t Be Afraid.

Jürgen Hartmann, also a Schauspielhaus Bochum member and familiar to many from extensive film and television productions, including films by Tom Tykwer, Dominik Graf, Matti Geschonnek, also familiar as the forensic expert from crime drama Tatort (Stuttgart), appears in Don’t Be Afraid.

Ingeborg Wolff, who worked at the Ruhrfestspielen Recklinghausen and the municipal theatres of Essen and Münster before becoming a permanent member of Wuppertal Theatre, will sing the song ‘Das Meer ist blau’ in Don’t Be Afraid.

Josephine Ann Endicott, connected with the Tanztheater Wuppertal since 1973, as a permanent member then later as a guest, contributed to many of Pina Bausch’s works and returns to the company as a guest and rehearsal leader.

 

Performances:
21, 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28 January 2018
Performances at 19:30, Sundays and public holidays 18:00
Duration 2 hours 15 min. with intermission

 

Wuppertal Opera House
Kurt-Drees Str. 4, 42283 Wuppertal

 

Tickets 15 / 30 / 40 / 50 Euro
Tickets online pina-bausch.de
Kulturkarte Telephone hotline: +49 (0) 202 563 7666
Tickets on sale from 24 November 2017 at 10:00