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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - Kontakthof
On from 01 Apr 2010 till 04 Apr 2010
by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Tickets: £10 - £40

About: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - Kontakthof

'Kontakthof is a place where people meet who are searching for contact.
To show yourself, to deny yourself.
With fears. Desire.
Disappointments. Desperation.
First experiences. First attempts.
Tenderness and what arises from it
was an important theme in the work.
Another, for example, was circus.
Showing part of yourself, to overcome oneself.

Kontakthof was performed for the first time in 1978 in Wuppertal.
Afterwards in many other countries.
My wish, to see this piece, this theme
Shown by Ladies and Gentlemen with more life experience
grew even with time stronger.
So I found the courage to give Kontakthof to elderly people over 65.
People from Wuppertal.
Neither actors. Nor dancers.

In February 2000 we were ready.'

Pina Bausch
© Arche-Editeur Paris 2007

Kontakthof was first seen in London as part of bite02. The show now returns in a poignant pairing with its counterpart created eight years later; it is the same choreographic work but performed by Teenagers. This is a rare opportunity to see both of these pieces side by side.

The Kontakthof season at the Barbican is performed in memory of Pina Bausch (27 July 1940 – 30 June 2009)

Performance time: 19:15 (14:00 on 3 and 4 Apr)
Running time: 180mins / incl interval
Latecomers will not be admitted

1 Apr 7.15pm
3 Apr 7.15pm
4 Apr 7.15pm

2 Apr 7.15pm
3 Apr 2pm
4 Apr 2pm

Age guidance 14+

2 – 4 Apr Pina Bausch on Film
To complement the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performances, Barbican Film will present a season of films in association with the Goethe-Institut London capturing the life and work of one of the world's most innovative choreographers.

Director and Choreographer: Pina Bausch
Set Design and Costume Design: Rolf Borzik
Assistants to director: Rolf Borzik, Marion Cito, Hans Pop
Rehearsal Director and Supervisor: Josephine Ann Endicott, Bénédicte Billiet
Costumes recreated by: Marion Cito
Music by Charlie Chaplin, Anton Karas, Nino Rota, Jean Sibelius and others

Performance Rights Edition L`Arche, Paris

barbicanbite10 in association with Cultural Industry

Supported by Goethe-Institut London


‘What [the performers] bring to Kontakthof is a lifetime of emotional adventure. What they offer is a majestic chorus line of humanity in all its strength and weakness .’
The Times

'[Kontakthof]…is fascinatingly unlike anything else we’ve ever seen.'
The Guardian 4*

'Her influence on modern dance theatre is incalculable…'
The Times

'The actors were chosen by open audition in the German town of Wuppertal, where Bausch’s company is based, and most had no previous experience whatsoever. This is hard to believe. They are astonishing, brave and wonderful. And inside every one of these ordinary (extraordinary?) individuals is a true performer. So Bausch must be doing something right.'
The Times

'[Pina Bausch] … supreme in her field.'
The Daily Telegraph

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