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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Nur Du (Only You): June 9th – 10th, London 2012 Festival

June 3, 2012

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch presents Nur Du (Only You), June 9th – 10th, as part of the London 2012 Festival, the U.K.’s powerhouse Cultural Olympiad that runs in tandem with the Olympic Games.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Nur Du

Acclaimed dance production inspired by California and its obsession with beauty and perfection.

Pina Bausch looked to the American West to create Nur Du (Only You), one of her most ambitious and richly imaginative works, featuring Peter Pabst’s stunning set, filled with gigantic tree trunks that evoke the redwood forests of Califonia.

Set with much irony to pop recordings from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, Pina Bausch muses over the Californian obsession with perfect bodies in scenes of dancers constantly scrutinising their own bodies, either pleased or appalled by what they see.

Nur Du (Only You) is a piece by Pina Bausch in co-production with the University of California in Los Angeles, the Arizona State University, the University of California Berkley, the University of Texas in Austin, Darlene Neel Presentations, Rena Shagan Associates Inc and Music Center Inc.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Nur Du

Pina Bausch was born in the industrial town of Solingen in 1940. Starting to dance at the age of 15, she studied at the Folkwang School in Essen. Following a period in New York and dancing with Folkwang Ballet, Pina Bausch was invited to become the director of the ballet company in Wuppertal in 1973. Initially she met much resistance and controversy with her radical vision for a new kind of dance theatre. But soon her interpretations of Gluck’s opera Orpheus and Eurydice, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and works like Kontakthof and Nelken received international acclaim and are today regarded as some of the most significant masterworks of the 20th century dance repertoire. Her ensemble Tanztheater Wuppertal has since toured worldwide and received numerous awards including Laurence Olivier Awards in 2006 and 2009, a Bessie award and a life-time achievement award from Venice Biennale. Pina Bausch died in 2009. Wim Wender’s posthumous 3D film Pina brought her work to cinema audiences worldwide.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 is a month-long season (6 June – 9 July 2012) of international co-productions to celebrate one of the most influential choreographers in dance, Pina Bausch. It is presented by Sadler’s Wells and the Barbican in association with Cultural Industry.

The season features 10 works inspired by 10 global locations. Embarked upon by Pina Bausch in 1986, the landmark series of co-productions was created at the invitation of specific global cities. Living in each city for a period of time, her company would then return to Wuppertal to create a piece inspired by their visit, a choreographic travelogue deeply informed by its host location.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Nur Du (Only You): Foto: Maarten Vanden Abeele

Supported by Die Ministerpräsidentin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and Kunststiftung NRW

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