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“The most luminous, sexy, entertaining piece Bausch made”
—The Guardian
Mar 3—Mar 19, 2023
Dance | Theater

US Premiere

A piece by Pina Bausch
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch


The company that exploded the possibilities of dance, Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, returns to BAM for the first time in six years with a US premiere from the late visionary choreographer. Created during a residency in Brazil in 2001, Bausch refracted the landscapes, sounds, movements, and music she encountered into a color-saturated fantasy. While infused with hints of danger, there is a joyfulness here that stands out among Bausch’s oeuvre, highlighting the legendary choreographer at her most exuberant.

A virtuosic work performed with fearless abandon, Água offers all audience members—from longtime fans to curious newcomers—the pleasure of immersing themselves in Bausch’s utterly singular vision.


Directed and choreographed by Pina Bausch
Set and video design by Peter Pabst
Costume design by Marion Cito
Musical collaboration with Matthias Burkert and Andreas Eisenschneider

Mon Dec 12
BAM Members at 12pm
Mon Dec 19
General Public at 12pm


BAM Members receive 20% off through January 31. No promo code needed.

All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. 

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Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by
the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

JL Greene


Leadership support for programming in the Howard Gilman Opera House provided by:

JL Greene


Leadership support for dance
at BAM provided by
The SHS Foundation


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Leadership support for Água provided by Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels:

Van Cleef

“characterised by an unusually exuberant spirit”
— The Telegraph
“guaranteed to entrance”
— The Arts Desk
“a dazzling, deliciously dreamlike celebration of Brazilian life and landscape”
— Edinburgh Guide
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