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Transcript of Pina Bausch.
Themes within her work.
On a movement in Café Muller, in which a woman throws herself against a wall and sticks to it in awkward poses.
"What kind of feeling must this woman have, to do something like this?" Bausch demanded. "It's not so difficult to think this, no? If people are very sad or something, it does not look so pretty. In ballet, usually you speak about certain kind of people. You have a different story [in ballet] — it's almost like a fairy tale, it's a fable, it's like princes. In this, we speak about us; we are the heroes on the street."
Influences on Pina Bausch.
Techniques & Exercises.
Bausch asked her dancers to draw from their own experiences and emotions to motivate their movements
Many dancers who worked with her found her techniques confusing and uncomfortable. Vivienne Newport 'ENOUGH, I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE! ALL OF THIS, I HATE IT!'
She asked her dancers to think about their morning routines.
'Dance theatre evolved into something which could be described as a theatre of experience, a theatre which conveys reality, via direct confrontation making it a physical fact experienced by the body'
Dance to 'Tanztheater'
Trained in Germany, (Folkwang School, Essen), and America, (Julliard School, New York).
Inspired by her tutors, as well as the revolutionary atmosphere surrounding performance art and theatre of the late 1950s and early 1960s in America.
Director of 'Tanztheater Wuppertal' in 1973
Combines Dance and Theatre to create a genre that asks the dancers to draw from their own emotions and experiences to create this subjective but fragmented work.
Internationally accessible pieces are created from stories using metaphors rather than the conventional linear narrative.
Themes within her work.
"I’m not so much interested in how people move but what moves them’"
"The work is … about relationships, childhood, fear of death and how much we all want to be loved’"
On relationships – "I have tried to see them and talk about them, … I don’t know anything more important."
"There are many ways of seeing something within oneself as well as within others."
Pina Bausch's Influence
- Bausch appears to create, with such ease, fluid dream-like pieces that explode the boundaries of the norms of the theatrical stage"
- The boundaries between Theatre and Dance have been broken through her choreography, allowing all aspects of performance to become one rather than separate aspects
- Generations of fellow artists who worked with Bausch and the Tanztheater was continuously developed and still to this day holds significant influences.
- England is in the midst of a new wave of Physical Theatre,, some of these influences deriving from Bausch's impact.
- Antony Tudor
- Rudolf Von Laban
Pina Bausch took inspiration from German Expressionism, American Modern dance and her own life experiences.
The style of work that she created was revolutionary - welcomed by some and rejected by others.
It is clear that she has influenced many contemporary practitioners and the legacy of Tanztheater will continue to thrive and development for many years to come.
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