Friday, November 20

Pina Bausch (1940-2009) | Costumes

"Philippina 'Pina' Bausch (27 July 1940 – 30 June 2009) was a German performer of modern dance, choreographer, dance teacher and ballet director. With her unique style, a blend of movement, sound, and prominent stage sets, and with her elaborate collaboration with performers during the development of a piece (a style now known as Tanztheater), she became a leading influence in the field of modern dance from the 1970s on. She created the company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch which performs internationally. ... Her best-known dance-theatre works include the melancholic Café Müller (1978), in which dancers stumble around the stage crashing into tables and chairs. Bausch had most of the dancers perform this piece with their eyes closed. The thrilling Frühlingsopfer (The Rite of Spring) (1975) required the stage to be completely covered with soil. ..."
NY Times
A Stage for Social Ego to Battle Anguished Id - NYT
Pina Bausch - NYT
Guardian: Dancing in the dark - John O'Mahony
Stanford Presidential Lectures in the Humanities and Arts
NPR: Modern Dance Master Pina Bausch's Latest Work (Video)
Pina Bausch: A Worldly Choreographer - NYT

"What Moves Me" - Pina Bausch
"... The war experiences are unforgettable. Solingen suffered a tremendous amount of destruction. When the air raid sirens went off, we had to go into the small shelter in our garden. Once a bomb fell on part of the house as well. However, we all remained unharmed. For a time, my parents sent me to my aunt's in Wuppertal because there was a larger shelter there. She thought I would be safer there. I had a small black rucksack with white polka dots, with a doll peering out of it. It was always there packed ready so that I could take it with me when the air raid siren sounded. I remember too our courtyard behind the house. There was a water pump there, the only one in our area. People were always lining up there to fetch water. ..."
[PDF] "What Moves Me" (English version) - Pina Bausch
Photo Caption - Page 17 at 22.

Tanztheater Wuppertal - Pina Bausch
"It began with controversy; in 1973 Pina Bausch was appointed director of dance for the Wuppertal theatres and the form she developed in those early years, a mixture of dance and theatre, was wholly unfamiliar. In her performances the players did not merely dance; they spoke, sang - and sometimes they cried or laughed too. But this strange new work succeeded in establishing itself. In Wuppertal the seeds were sown for a revolution which was to emancipate and redefine dance throughout the world. ... Hers is a world theatre which does not seek to teach, does not claim to know better, instead generating experiences: exhilarating or sorrowful, gentle or confrontational - often comic or absurd too. It creates driven, moving images of inner landscapes, exploring the precise state of human feelings while never giving up hope that the longing for love can one day be met. Alongside hope, a close engagement with reality is another key to the work; the pieces consistently relate to things every member of the audience knows; has experienced personally and physically. ..."

Pina Bausch Foundation
"The task of the Pina Bausch Foundation is to preserve the artistic legacy of the great dancer and choreographer; to keep it alive and carry it on into the future. One of the fundamental tasks of the foundation is to assort the very complex and exceptionally comprehensive material from Pina Bausch’s artistic legacy in an archive and make much of it available to the public. In addition, the foundation follows the traces in order to collect the knowledge and experience of Pina Bausch’s companions, dancers, and staff. The objective of this work is to keep Pina Bausch’s art alive by making it perceptible for future generations – for experts and amateurs, for the curious and newcomers, people of all ages and especially for a young generation of dancers. In letting the pieces come true on stage again and again in the future. And in having a long-term home for the Pina Bausch Foundation and the Pina Bausch Archive; a place for people to meet and a creative universe, like a lushly verdant garden. A centre from which Pina Bausch’s work radiates into the world."

Grasses, Weeds and Flowers for Pina Bausch - Bill Davis, Archive

Pina Bausch Costumes

"Visionary choreographer Pina Bausch never followed a prescribed method when conceiving her unique productions. Guided instead by her finely honed intuition, Bausch would let the works develop in an organic, visceral manner and her trusted company of dancers and collaborators at the Tanztheater Wuppertal would fall into step as her creative vision unfolded. For costume designer Marion Cito – who has been in the role since 1980 – this meant designing costumes 'speculatively', relying on a certain amount of guesswork, in terms of the direction she felt each piece might take, in order that her workshop kept pace."
In Pictures
Tanztheater Wuppertal: Marion Cito
Tanztheater Wuppertal: Rolf Borzik
Guardian: Hurts so good
NYT: Person and Performer, and No Space Between
YouTube: Orpheus and Eurydice (Costumes & lights : Rolf Borzik), Bamboo Blues (Costume Design : Marion Cito)

Choreographer Pina Bausch
"Pina Bausch is regarded one of the most influential artists on the European dance scene. Two years ago, Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal visited Beijing with a show at the Tianqiao Theater featuring 'Cafe Muller', one of her signature works. Over the years, Pina Bausch has developed her own dance theater. It's become union of genuine dance and theatrical methods of stage performance. It creates a new dance form that distinguishes itself through an intended reference to reality."
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