1980 © Ulli Weiss

1980 © Ulli Weiss

Sadler’s Wells promises to be even more exciting in 2014. One of the highlights this season is Tanztheater Wuppertal, who return to Sadler’s Wells to perform one of Bausch’s most acclaimed works from the early part of her career, namely ‘1980, A Piece by Pina Bausch’. Rarely performed, the piece was created following the death of her professional and romantic partner Ralf Borzik, who played a key role in the forming of the visual style of Tanztheater. Featuring an astoundingly diverse score including works by Beethoven, Debussy, Elgar and Brahms, it is a wistful elegy, dealing with nostalgia, childhood, life and death.

This quote by Antony Gormley very succinctly sums up what to expect.
”Pina Bausch has enriched the language of dance and theatre and made it into a kind of rite of passage, taking it back to its early roots in ritual as well as forward to a form of collective psychotherapy. I am inspired, challenged and indebted to Pina, not least for her acute sculptural sense of body in space.”

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
1980, A Piece by Pina Bausch
7 – 16 Feb 2014

Sadler’s Wells
Rosebery Avenue,
London EC1

Words by Anna Bang


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