Munich; Bayerisches Staatsballet Premiere ; A piece by Pina Bausch “For the Children of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”
by Venetia Kapernekas
Sunday evening I was honoured to be at the Premiere “Für die Kinder von gestern, heute und morgen ” (For the Children of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) a piece by Pina Bausch, one of the most significant choreographers of our time. Indeed an extraordinary and compelling performance by Bayerieshes Staatballet which combined all elements that made up the unparalleled quality of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater. This performance is one of the projects of Ivan Liška, artistic director, for the 2015/2016 season at Bayerisches Staatsballett.
Direction and Choreography:Pina Bausch
Stage: Peter Papst
Costumes: Marion Cito
Musical collaboration: Matthias Burkert, Andreas Eisenschneider
Cooperation: Marion Cito, Daphnis Kokkinos, Robert Sturm
Musik : Felix Lajko, Nana Vascobncelos, Caetano Veloso, Bugge Wesseltoft, Amon Tobin, Mari Boine, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, Lisa Edkahl, Gerry Mulligan, Uhuhboo Project, Cinematic Orchestra, Goldfrapp, Gotan Project, Guem, Hughscore, Koop, Labradford, T.O.M., Prince und Marc Ribot
Created in 2002 in Wuppertal during the latest creative period of Bausch – a period where her work became more dance-centric. It is the pinnacle of the series , Tanzland Deutschland, which showcased highlights of the choreographic work happening in Germany: from Schlemmer as representative of the Bauhaus, to Kandinsky’s synaesthetic concepts at the beginning of the 20th century, to Ausdruckstanz, neoclassical finds and the full-length narrative ballet of John Cranko and John Neumeier all the way to contemporary creations from Forsythe and Siegal.
performers: Joana de Andrade, Jonah Cook, Matteo Dilaghi, Léonard Engel, Séverine Ferrolier, Nicholas Losada, Marta Navarrete Villalba, Gianmarco Romano, Nicola Strada, Robin Strona, Daria Sukhordukova, Shawn Throop, Alexa Tuzil, Matej Urban and Zuzana Zahradniková
Pina Bausch was born 1940 in Solingen and died 2009 in Wuppertal. She received her dance training at the Folkwang School in Essen under Kurt Jooss, where she achieved technical excellence. Soon after the director of Wuppertal’s theatres, Arno Wüstenhöfer, engaged her as choreographer, from autumn 1973, she renamed the ensemble the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Under this name, although controversial at the beginning, the company gradually achieved international recognition.
a fabulous Joana de Andrade
…….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……
……Dance theatre evolved into a unique genre, inspiring choreographers throughout the world and influencing theatre and classical ballet too. Its global success can be attributed to the fact that Pina Bausch made a universal need the key subject of her work: the need for love, for intimacy and emotional security.
….Over the thirty-six years in which Pina Bausch shaped the work of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, till her death in 2009, she created a an oeuvre which casts an unerring gaze at reality, while simultaneously giving us the courage to be true to our own wishes and desires. Her unique ensemble, rich with varied personalities, will continue to maintain these values in the years to come… (Norbert Servos, Tanzeather Wuppertal, translated by Steph Morris)