Reviews for Bamboo Blues
"In 2007 Pina Bausch and company were resident in Kolkata. Somehow it's apt that this elegant yet gritty part of the world should inspire an artist whose works could often be described in the same way." Continue Reading
For Bamboo Blues, Peter Pabst created a ravishing panorama of jungly undergrowth, and individual dances are strikingly lovely.
Hair – women’s hair – is a feature in all Bausch’s work, a signifier not just of femininity, but of female power. Here, women not only use it as a fifth limb, but wash it, stroke it and weigh it – a nod to the trading value, in India, of all human material.
while evincing a typically Bauschian strain of melancholy – the fretting breeze that worries ceaselessly at Peter Pabst’s white drapery set, the sad knowledge in the eyes of the women – the piece is also shot through with colour, light and dance.
There are few obvious jokes, and this is a more optimistic piece than most for their absence. Framed around a series of eloquently performed, gliding solo dances, it expresses a profound faith in the body, what it can express and what it can experience.