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Encyclopedia > Pina Bausch

Philippine "Pina" Bausch (born July 27, 1940 in Solingen, Germany) is a modern dance choreographer and a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance. She is the artistic director and choreographer of the "Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch" company, based in Wuppertal in Germany. The company has a large repertoire of original pieces, and regularly tours throughout the world. is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Müngstener Brücke, a railroad bridge between Solingen and Remscheid. ... Modern dance is often performed in bare feet. ... Look up Choreography in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The German Tanztheater (dance theatre) grew out of German expressionist dance. ... The artistic director of a theatre is responsible for choosing the material staged in a season, and the hiring of creative/production personnel (such as directors), as well as other theatre management tasks. ... Wuppertal university Wuppertal is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ...

Bausch began dancing from a young age. In 1955 she began studying at the Folkwang Academy in Essen directed by Germany's then most influential choreographer Kurt Jooss, one of the founders of German Expressionist dance. After graduation she won a scholarship to continue her studies at the Juilliard School in New York City in 1960, with her teachers including Anthony Tudor, José Limón, and Paul Taylor. In New York she performed with the Paul Sanasardo and Donya Feuer Dance Company, the New American Ballet, and became a a member of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company. The Folkwang Academy (Folkwang Hochschule) is a school of advanced studies in music, theater, and dance, located in Essen, Germany, with additional facilities in Duisburg, Bochum, and Dortmund. ... Essen is a city in the center of the Ruhr Area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Kurt Jooss (1901-1979) was a German dancer and choreographer. ... Expressionist dance is a European dance form related to the German expressionist movement. ... The Juilliard School is one of the worlds premiere performing arts conservatory located in New York City, it is informally identified as simply Juilliard, and trains in the fields of Dance, Drama, and Music. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Antony Tudor in “Gala Performance”, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941 Antony Tudor (1908–1987) was a British ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher. ... José Limón (January 12, 1908—December 2, 1972) was a dancer who helped define the shape of modern and contemporary dance. ... Paul Taylor photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1960 Paul Taylor (born July 29, 1930) is one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ...

In 1962, Bausch joined Kurt Jooss's new Folkwang Ballett Company as a soloist and assisted Jooss on many of the pieces, before choreographing her first piece in 1968, and in 1969 succeeded Jooss as artistic director. In 1972, Bausch started as artistic director of the then Wuppertal Opera Ballet ( later renamed the "Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch)."

Her work is also known for infusing humor with sadness. Male-female interaction is a theme found throughout her work, which has been an inspiration for—and reached a wider audience through—the movie Talk to Her, directed by Pedro Almodovar. Her pieces are constructed of short units of dialogue and action, often of a surreal nature. Repetition is an important structuring device. Her large multi-media productions often involve elaborate sets and eclectic music. For example, in Masurca Fogo half the stage is taken up by a giant, rocky hill, and the score includes everything from Portuguese music to K. D. Lang. Talk to Her (Spanish: Hable con ella) is a 2002 film written and directed by the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, starring Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin and Rosario Flores. ... Pedro Almodóvar (born September 24, 1949) is a Spanish filmmaker. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...

She was married to Dutch-born Rolf Borzik, a set and costume designer who died in 1980. Borzik had strongly influenced the visual style of the Tanztheater from the very beginning and crucially supported Bausch though the early years until the company began to receive international recognition shortly before his death.


  • Stanford Presidential Lectures in the Humanities and Arts: "Pina Bausch: Life and works"
  • Tanztheater Wuppertal: Biography of Pina Bausch
  • www.guardian.co.uk Profile : The Guardian Newspaper
  • www.ballet.co.uk A reprint of a rare interview with Valerie Lawson which first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald in July 2000

External links

  • Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal official website
  • Pina Bausch: 50 Choreographers of Contemporary Dance.
  • Pina Bausch Fan site

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Pina Bausch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (382 words)
Pina Bausch is a choreographer; one of the giant figures of modern dance, and a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance.
She is director and choreographer of the "Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch" company, based in Wuppertal in Germany.
Pina (short for Philippine), was born in nearby Solingen Germany, on July 27, 1940.
Presidential Lectures: Pina Bausch (953 words)
Although Bausch trained in New York for three years from 1959-62 during her formative phase as a young dancer, her sensibility is firmly European in the visions of a dark, brooding and tension-filled world her theatre depicts.
What has irked American dance critics since Bausch made her U.S. debut in June 1984 at the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles, is not this subject matter of her work so much as her coolly neutral position in regards to the often brutal, aggressive and physically and emotionally cruel episodes in her dances.
In a Pina Bausch dance the invisible divide between the real person and the stage character seems to collapse so that one often has the sense of watching barely mediated real life events.
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