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Pina Bausch  
Photo by Atsushi Iijima


Legendary German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, who directed the Tanztheater de Wuppertal from 1973 until her unforeseen death in 2009, is considered not only a great figure of German expressionist dance, but also as one of the greatest contemporary choreographers of the 20th century. An Evening with Pina Bausch features two documentaries that offer insight into her artistic life and creative process. Co-presented by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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


Directed by Hüseyin Karabey
Turkey / 2004 / documentary / 45 minutes
This near wordless documentary from award-winning director Huseyin 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.

About the Director: Hüseyin Karabey was born in Istanbul in 1970. He studied at the Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Cinema & TV Department. His films, Boran, Silent Death, A Breath with Pina Bausch (screened at the 2006 Boston Turkish Film Festival), and particularly his first feature film My Marlon and Brando (Gitmek, 2008; winner of the Best New Narrative Filmmaker Award in Tribeca Film Festival) were recipient of numerous international awards and were screened in many international film festivals. My Marlon and Brando was screened at the 8th Boston Turkish Film Festival, 2009.


Pina Bausch  
Photo by Ursula Kaufmann

Directed by Anne Linsel
Germany / 2006 / documentary / 45 minutes

Before choreographer Pina Bausch and her Tanz-theater Wuppertal were known around the world, her new, unusual and original body language was ill-received. In the early days the audience (and most critics) were irritated and confused. Tumultuous scenes in the audience were not unusual. Pina Bausch speaks about the beginnings of the Tanztheater and the inescapable path she felt she had to follow. She talks about rehearsals, her pieces (more than 30 by now), her co-productionswith other cities and countries and being on tour. 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. Shot in Venice at the Teatro Fenice, in Lisbon and Brussels, and in Wuppertal with the support of WDR Cologne, and Arte France.

German dancer, choreographer, and company director, Pina Bausch (1940-2009), was one of the most influential avant-garde artists on the European dance scene and the most controversial choreographer of her era. She began her dance studies at the age of 14 with Kurt Jooss at the Folkwang School in Essen. Further studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York (1960-1), with Antony Tudor. In 1961-62 she danced with the New American Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera, a company then directed by Tudor. In 1962 she returned to Germany to work as a soloist with Jooss's Folkwang Ballet. She began choreographing in 1968. When Jooss retired in 1969 she became company director. In 1973 she founded Tanztheater Wuppertal, in Germany's industrial Ruhr Valley. Her first work as director of Tanztheater Wuppertal was Fritz (mus. Wolfgang Hufschmidt, 1974). Her breakthrough came in 1975 with her landmark staging of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring; in it, she covered the stage with wet earth. Her 1976 production of The Seven Deadly Sins confirmed her move away from dance conventions and into the world of dance-theatre. From her base in Wuppertal she has built an international reputation as the leading exponent of European dance-theatre.

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.



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