Dear Friends of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
The 2019/20 season was an exciting one. If you remember, it opened in Wuppertal on 3rd October with the re-staging of Pina Bausch’s final work "…como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si…" ("…Like Moss on the Stone...") and the moving A night for Pina in memory of Pina Bausch. It was the 10th anniversary of her death on 30th June 2009. Tours to Italy, Israel and Belgium followed. We revived Wiesenland, which was performed by an intergenerational cast, and undertook a complete re-staging of the iconic piece Bluebeard, which had not been part of the repertoire for almost 30 years. Beatrice Libonati, Jan Minarik, Héléna Pikon and Barbara Kaufmann worked with the younger members of the ensemble and a cast of freelancers, many of them graduates of the Folkwang University of the Arts, to painstakingly reconstruct the piece. We took the production to Sadler’s Wells in London, which, like the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, has been a second home for the company for many years.
We also developed a 7th edition of Underground, an artistic format that is very close to my heart because it shows how important openness, experimentation, exploration and even failure are for art and for any creative endeavour that engages with the world we live in. The series has proved to be a great forum for showcasing new works both by members of the ensembles and by guest artists. This year, it took place in spectacular venues: thanks to an inspiring collaboration with the sculpture park Waldfrieden, we were able to present performances and installations in one of the great glass pavilions built by Tony Cragg to house his sculptures. We also collaborated with the international screen dance festival Tanzrauschen.
Here is a short documentary film about the company’s research trip to Chile, which resulted in the piece "…como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si..." (Like Moss on the Stone), Pina Bausch’s final piece before she passed away in 2009.
Last performed in Wuppertal on 3rd October 2019 to mark the 10th anniversary of her death, the ensemble lovingly calls it "the Chile piece".
On 27th July 2020, Pina Bausch, the founder of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, would have celebrated her 80th birthday.
Together – that was happiness. We miss her.
Bettina Wagner-Bergelt and the ensemble
Dancing at Dusk - A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring
Former members and dancers of the Tanztheater selected 38 dancers from 14 different African countries for the restaging of Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring - a Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables and Sadler's Wells production.
From 1 – 31 July 2020, the film Dancing at Dusk - A moment with Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring will be made accessible worldwide via the Sadler's Wells Digital Stage, offering insights into a production that has not yet been shown on stage.
Tickets at a price of €5.50 can already be purchased or reserved online via Sadler's Wells’ Digital Stage. The proceeds will be used to support the artists and the production.
Interview with Bettina Wagner-Bergelt
Knowbox dance co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview Bettina Wagner-Bergelt. In the episode they go behind the screen and talk about Bettina’s career negotiating abstract dance and contemporary storytelling, the meaning and process of Pina Bausch’s courageous, innovative, and provocative artistry, and what we can learn from the Coronavirus and social distancing.