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Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch
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Contemporary dance

"It's not how people move, but what moves them."

This is the key to her choreographic works. The criss-crossing lines drawn by the dancers as they enter and leave the stage are symbolic of human relationships in everyday life.

Pina Bausch repudiates the old ways, the received forms of dance. For her, dance is an aesthetic body awareness that unfolds, movements that, in freely choreographed performances, mirror the themes, melodies and leitmotifs of the music.

In 1974 she makes her debut with her etude "Fritz". Two years later Pina Bausch establishes her unique style in "Brecht-Weill". The new dance-theatre also incorporates language: spoken fugues enhance the dance scenes, spoken arias replace the usual dance solos.

The battle of the sexes, the exploitation of humankind - particularly women - are the subjects Pina Bausch explores on stage with a sensual immediacy.

Up until the 1980s her dance theatre is reviled by conservative critics, who ostentatiously walk out of performances, but today her work is a major influence on the world of dance.

Dirk Bitzer

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