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Pina Bausch

“I’m not interested in how people move; I’m interested in what makes them move. ”



Bausch, Pina (b Solingen, 27 July 1940). German dancer, choreographer, and company director. One of the most influential avant-garde artists on the European dance scene. 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 1961-2 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… read more


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She was a former resident in the place where I currently live!