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Pina Bausch

 

Pina Bausch  
Photo by Atsushi Iijima
 
   

AN EVENING WITH PINA BAUSCH

Tuesday March 29th, 2011
7:00 and 9:00 PM (full program screens twice)
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Cinema Revolution Society presents two short documentaries about the renowned and enigmatic late German dancer, choreographer, and company director, Pina Bausch (1940-2009). Bausch was one of the most influential avant-garde artists on the European dance scene and the most controversial choreographer of her era. Audiences will not want to miss this opportunity to see these rarely seen glimpses into Bausch's work and process. These films are not commercially available on DVD. Co-presented by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

"Pina Bausch" (Germany, 2006, 45 min.) Directed by Anne Linsel. From confused and irritated audiences to standing ovations worldwide, Pina Bausch shares stories of her journey in this documentary starting with forming her company Tanztheather Wuppertal in the early 1970's to creating over 30 astonishing works.

"A Breath with Pina Bausch" (Turkey, 2004, 45 min.) - Award-winning director Hüseyin Karabey's high-caliber documentary provides unprecedented access into the creative process of one of modern dance's most compelling minds. A Breath with Pina Bausch was inspired by the city of Istanbul, the cosmopolitan centre that the Byzantine, Roman and the Ottoman Empires all called home.

Tickets $10 (student/educator group discounts available - contact John Koch)
MCAD Students, Faculty and Staff get in Free with ID

Brown Paper Tickets

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Auditorium 150
www.mcad.edu
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Free parking is available at the MCAD south surface parking lot, access via 26th street.

 

ABOUT PINA BAUSCH AND THE FILMS

Bausch, who took up the post of ballet director in Wuppertal in 1972, developed together with her dancers a new, unusual and original body language, a far cry from classical ballet. A theatre consisting of dance, language,and music: the 'Tanztheater Wuppertal'. In the early days the audience (and most critics) were irritated and confused, and this incomprehension found expression in aggression for a long time. Tumultuous scenes in the audience were not unusual.

A natural heir to the German expressionist dance tradition called Ausdruckstanz, her productions stress ideas - usually feelings of alienation, anguish, frustration, and cruelty - rather than the elaboration of pure movement. As Bausch herself has said, she is 'not interested in how people move, but in what moves them'. Her productions usually avoid a linear narrative logic; speech, props, and costumes play a large role. They are masterpieces of theatrical imagination, if not choreographic invention.

In Anne Linsel's film, Pina Bausch speaks extensively about the beginnings of the Tanztheater and the inescapable path she felt she had to follow, despite all the difficulties and injuries. For the first time in a long while she talks about rehearsals, her pieces (more than 30 by now), her co-productions with other cities and countries and being on tour. Also, some of her dancers, the set designer Peter Pabst and the costume designer Marion Cito, all of whom have been with Pina Bausch for decades, talk about working with her. Anne Linsel's film was shot in Venice at the recently opened Teatro Fenice, in Lisbon, Brussels, and, of course, in Wuppertal.

The near wordless documentary from Hüseyin Karabey provides unprecedented access into the creative process of one of modern dance's most compelling minds. A Breath with Pina Bausch was inspired by the city of Istanbul, the cosmopolitan centre that the Byzantine, Roman and the Ottoman Empires all called home. While pairs of performers dance seemingly improvised sketches, Bausch writes in her notebooks and smokes. Interspersed with the rehearsal scenes is the actual stage work, a performance full of stunningly poetic images that are only possible in dance. The film is a fitting tribute to the twin worlds of rehearsing and performing that make up the lives of dancers and choreographers.

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Photo at top from Pina Bausch's "Breath" (photo by Ursula Kaufmann)