Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Lecture date: 2013-02-20

Dominique Mercy & Peter Pabst in conversation with Takako Hasegawa and Barbara Campbell-Lange

A leading influence in contemporary dance since the 1970’s, Pina Bausch established the artistic form of Tanztheater (Dance Theatre; a mixture of dance and theatre) as the director of dance at the Wuppertal Theatre in Germany. She worked on the principle that things that have not yet become art are more important than things that are art already. Inspiring choreographers and theatres throughout the world, Pina’s works do not seek to teach, do not claim to know better; instead they generate experiences and create driven, moving images of inner landscapes while exploring the precise state of human feelings.

Architectural thinking and dance practice have much resonance to one another, sharing philosophies and perceptions, as well as the creation of space in relation to the body and our senses. The evening will reveal this shared territory between architecture and contemporary dance alongside members of one of the leading dance companies in the world.

The evening will be hosted by Takako Hasegawa. Barbara Campbell-Lange – architect and the AA academic coordinator – will also join the conversation.

Dominique Mercy is a choreographer, dancer and the longest established member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. After the untimely death of Pina in 2009, he took over the role of artistic director of the company.

Peter Pabst is a set designer who has designed and produced theatrical spaces for the Tanztheater Wuppertal for more than twenty-five years.

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