Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Last night I saw the Pina Bausch company (Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch) perform at BAM.

The program was "... como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si..." (Like moss on a stone).

The dance was a series of bleak, disturbing, and beautiful vignettes. The dancers often let themselves be manipulated by other dancers in an uncomfortable and wooden passivity, and then would often erupt in bursts of anger and injustice. Particularly salient was the relationship between men and women, fraught with longing, inability to connect, obstacles, and, at times, violence and intrusion.

A number of the segments were portrayed in the astounding Wim Wenders documentary, Pina.

A very dramatic, strange, and narrative form of dance, it was haunting, thoroughly engaging, and mesmerizing.

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