Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Ten Chi (2004, Saitama,Japan)

at Barbican Centre
on Dance Theatre | Contemporary | www.barbican.org.uk/
Address: Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch 'Ten Chi' Photo: Ursula Kaufmann

On a stage decorated with cherry blossoms and whale fins, the dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal explore with empathy and humour the sounds, sights, joys and paradoxes of modern Japanese culture. Ten Chi appears as though a series of postcards from Japan, incorporating images of food, birds and fish, Japanese hand gestures, kabuki, kimono, bonsai, samurai, Polynesian dance movement and even Japanese horror film.

The month-long season of international co-productions performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal at Sadler’s Wells and the Barbican in summer 2012 marks a fitting celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic year’s global focus. Seven of the 10 works are UK Premieres. For Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 Sadler’s Wells has, in association with Cultural Industry and the Barbican, with thanks to Wuppertal, North Rhine Westphalia and Arts Council England, commissioned the first ever continuous season of productions by the late Pina Bausch and her company.

Running from 6 June to 9 July 2012, 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. UK Premiere: A co-production with Saitama Prefecture, Saitama Arts Foundation and Nippon Cultural Center, Japan.

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