Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Ever since we saw the opening scene of Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her where the two male leads have their first encounter in the audience of Pina Bausch's Cafe Muller (shown above), we have been intrigued by this choreographer. Bausch's staging and direction is raw and confrontational, with a strong surrealist feeling. Her dancers negotiate sand, earth, and flowers, often getting covered in it themselves - a kind of reminder of the visceral thrill of movement which dance really is. Bausch passed away in June last year, but her company Tanztheater Wuppertal survives her - a rare showing of one of her earliest works, Iphigenie auf Tauris, is being performed at Sadlers Wells, towards the end of October.
All images from Nur Du, a book of photographs of Tanztheater Wuppertal from the late 70s to late 90s, by Ursula Kaufmann - another volume of her work with Bausch available here.