Pina Bausch

Posted on June 22, 2012 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

I am a big fan of dance, so Sadler's Wells is one of my favourite venues in London. When I went online to book for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch's World Citie 2012 a few months back, almost everything had sold out and I only managed to secure a side seating to see "Der Fensterputzer (The window washer: Hong Kong)". All the permances at Barbican were sold out even before Sadler's Wells, so I was left with little choice!

I was curious to see how the late Pina interpreted the characters of Hong Kong and infused into the production performed by her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal. I had never seen their live performance before, but I was intrigued when I saw them dancing in Wim Wender's documentary, Pina.

I really enjoyed the show esp. the first half ( the second half was more predictable and dragged a little) despite the not so easy viewing from the side of the theatre! It was dazzling, humourous and visually enticing. I also love the music, ranging from the late Cesária Évora to Canto pop songs from the 70s, the sounds were as captivating as Peter Pabst’s 15ft-high mound of red petals on stage.

The lack of linear narrative in performances is often challenaging for audiences, but in this case, the artistic expression was powerful enough to captivate the audiences' attention. If you could not get tickets to see any of Pina's world cities show, then I recommend renting the DVD to see what the fuss is all about:


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