News: Pina Festival for London 2012

Thursday 10 March 2011

Next year there will be an unprecedented opportunity to see 10 works by Pina Bausch in London in just a short season from 6 June to 9 July 2012 at Sadler’ s Wells and the Barbican.

The season is being presented by the venues with Cultural Industry as part of the Cultural Olympiad, marking the global focus of the Olympic and Paralympic year and seven of the works in Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 are UK premieres. The season features 10 international co-productions exploring 10 global locations; India, Brazil, Palermo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Budapest, Istanbul, Santiago de Chile, Rome and Japan.

In 1986 Pina Bausch, the influential German choreographer, who died suddenly at the age of 68 in 2009, started a series of international co-productions, which were created at the invitation of specific global cities. Her company would live in each city for a period of time, before returning to Wuppertal to create a new work inspired by their visit. She described her approach and commitment to creating co-productions as “almost all our pieces have been co-productions, evolved from the meeting of different cultures – whether in Hong Kong, Brazil, Budapest, Palermo, Japan or Istanbul. Getting to know unfamiliar customs, music and traditions led me to transform into dance what is unknown but is part of us all. Getting to know the unknown, sharing it, and experiencing it without fear.”

In a joint statement Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Toni Racklin, Head of Theatre, Barbican and Michael Morris, Director of Cultural Industry say: “We are thrilled to be working together to realise World Cities, a hugely ambitious cultural event at a time when global attention will be focused on London. Pina Bausch’s work is truly Olympian in quality and scale and her legacy continues to influence the global artistic landscape. Pina loved our city and saw the world reflected in it. Her reflections on the world will now be gathered together for the first time in one city – 10 major works performed by her outstanding company in just one month.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012

Viktor (1986)
Rome, Italy
Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 June 2012, Sadler’s Wells
The first coproduction of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with Teatro Argentina and the City of Rome.

Nur Du (Only You) (1996)
California, USA
UK premiere
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 June, Barbican
A co-production with the University of California in Los Angeles, Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley , University of Texas in Austin, Darlene Neel Presentations, Rena Shagan Associates and The Music Centre inc.

…como el musguito en la piedra, ay si si si… (2009)
Santiago, Chile
UK premiere *Tuesday 12 & Wednesday 13 June, Sadler’s Wells *
A co-production with the Festival International de Teatro Santiago a Mil in Chile with the support of the Goethe Institute Chile, in collaboration with Andres Neumann International.

Bamboo Blues (2007)
UK premiere
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 June, Barbican
A co-production with the Goethe Institutes in India.

Der Fensterputzer (The Window Washer) (1997)
Hong Kong, China
UK premiere
Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 June, Sadler’s Wells
A co-production with the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society and the Goethe Institute Hong Kong.

Ten Chi (2004)
UK premiere
Thursday 21& Friday 22 June, Barbican
A co-production with Saitama Prefecture, Saitama Arts Foundation and Nippon Cultural Center, Japan.

Néfés (2003)
Istanbul, Turkey
UK premiere
Sunday 24 & Monday 25 June, Sadler’s Wells
A co-production with the International Theatre Festival Istanbul and the Istanbul Foundation for Arts and Culture.

Água (2001)
Thursday 28 & Friday 29 June, Barbican
A co-production with the Goethe institute Sao Paulo, Brazil and Emilio Kalil.

Palermo Palermo (1989)
Palermo, Sicily
Sunday 1 & Monday 2 July, Sadler’s Wells
A co-production with Teatro Biondo Stabile / Palermo and the City of Palermo, in collaboration with Andres Neumann International.

Wiesenland (2000)
Budapest, Hungary
UK premiere
Sunday 8 & Monday 9 July, Sadler’s Wells
A co-production with the Goethe Institute Budapest and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.

Tickets for the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 are on sale from Monday 9 May 2011, via / 0844 412 4300 and / 0845 120 7550

‘In the world of contemporary dance this is as big as it gets. It is a huge endeavour and something of a logistical nightmare, but Bausch’s death has proved a spur to making sure it happens.’
Read more in the Guardian, 10 March 2011

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