Madonna and St Vincent are fans. So was David Bowie. Actor Alan Rickman said she “pins you to
your seat. It’s like she’s connected to your bloodstream or something”.
Pina Bausch was
the “high priestess of dance theatre” (The Guardian). Now, for the
first time, you can experience her work live on stage in New Zealand – and
discover for yourself why it inspires such devotion.
Wuppertal Pina Bausch, the company Bausch led until her death in 2009, will perform two of her signature creations, Café Müller (1978) and The
Rite of Spring (1975), each full of emotion and intensity that aims straight
for the heart.
Set to the music
of Henry Purcell, the first half of this “astonishing pairing” (The Guardian)
is Café Müller, a take on Bausch’s recurring theme of
strained relationships that is quieter and more intimate than the work that
choreographer Matthew Bourne, the second half of this pairing is “the only true
masterpiece” ever set to Stravinsky’s 1913 The Rite of Spring ballet
score. In Bausch's hands, the music soundtracks a spectacular study in
primitivism, with the sexes confronting each other on a stage covered in soil
and the 29 dancers streaked with sweat and dirt by the end of their
memory of Sir John Todd, dance lover and Festival Patron (1927 — 2015).