Iconic BAM Artists

Pina Bausch

Over the 36 years in which Pina Bausch (1940—2009) shaped the work of Tanztheater Wuppertal, she created an oeuvre that casts an unerring gaze at reality, while simultaneously giving us the courage to be true to our own wishes and desires. Bausch was appointed director of dance for the Wuppertal theater in 1973. The form she developed in those early years was wholly unfamiliar. In her performances the players did not merely dance; they spoke, sang, and sometimes laughed or cried. Dance-theater evolved into a unique genre, inspiring choreographers across the globe and influencing theater and classical ballet in the process. Its success can be attributed to the fact that Bausch made a universal human need the key subject of her work—the need for love, intimacy, and emotional security. It was during the 1984 Spring Season at BAM that New York audiences had their first chance to view Bausch's work. She and her company continued to captivate audiences for years to come; their 13 successive appearances have been some of the most popular and highly anticipated events at BAM. Bausch's unique ensemble, now under the direction of Artistic Director Lutz Förster and General Director Dirk Hesse (following the joint leadership of Dominique Mercy and Robert Sturm), maintains Bausch’s groundbreaking artistic vision.


 
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Tanztheater Wuppertal at BAM
 
 
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Performance History
Pina Bausch at BAM
Rite of Spring, 1980, Cafe Muller, Bluebeard
Jun 12—24, 1984
Arien, Kontakthof, Auf Dem Gebirge Hat Man Ein Geschrei Gehort, The Seven Deadly Sins, Don't Be Afraid
Oct 1—22, 1985
Viktor, Carnations
Jun 27—Jul 10, 1988
Palermo Palermo; Bandoneon
Sep 28—Oct 13, 1991
Two Cigarettes in the Dark
Nov 17—23, 1994
Der Fensterputzer
Oct 3—11, 1997
Danzón
Nov 2—7, 1999
Masurca Fogo
Nov 6—11, 2001
Fur die Kinder von gestern, heute und morgen
Nov 16—21, 2004
Nefés
Dec 8—16, 2006
 
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Harvey Courts Pina
Listen to Harvey Lichtenstein talk about getting to know Pina Bausch: “So I went over to see her in Wuppertal. She didn’t acknowledge me. I mean, it took about two or three trips before she finally said, 'Okay, you join the family.'”


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Vollmond
 
 
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Two Cigarettes in the Dark
 
 
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Documenting Performance
Since 1984, BAM has been the only New York City venue presenting Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch—a friendship almost 30 years old. Over these years, hard-core Pina fans waited eagerly for the company to return while new devotees have been initiated into the fold, and virtually every performance sold out. BAM has also played an active role in helping to document the work.


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Bamboo Blues
Dec 11—20, 2008
Vollmond
Sep 29—Oct 9, 2010
“… como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si …”
Oct 18—27, 2012
Kontakthof
Oct 23—Nov 1, 2014
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Posters and Programs from Pina's first BAM performances
 
 
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Wim Wenders on Pina Bausch
 
 
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ARTISTS
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
 
Visit the official site of Pina Bausch's dance company for performance history, schedule, and an excellent blog.
 
 
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PINA in 3D
 
The official website for Wim Wenders' film PINA in 3D
 
 
 
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A Portrait of Pina (in 35 Objects)
An illustrated list of 35 objects that evoke Pina Bausch and her work. What did we leave out?


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Post-Pina Pick-Me-Up
In conjunction with the Pina Bausch Legacy Iconic Artist Talk in October, we conducted a Twitter Q&A with three of the dancers—Eddie Martinez, Fernando Suels Mendoza, and Thusnelda Mercy. Read a transcript of the talk, with expanded, more robust answers that didn’t quite fit within the confines of 140 characters.


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PAST EVENTS
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“… como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si …”
 

The company of legendary dance-theater pioneer Pina Bausch returns with her final work.

Oct 18—Oct 27, 2012
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