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Site-Inspired: German Choreographer Pina Bausch To Present World Premiere In Berkeley (October 3-5) Los Angeles (October 10-12), Tempe (October 17) And Austin (October 22)

Commission Marks Ground-Breaking Collaboration Among Presenters

Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, whose riveting dance theater works took American audiences by storm when it made its United States debut at the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles, will return to the American west where she will present a commissioned world premiere in four different locations: Berkeley, CA; Los Angeles; Tempe, AZ; and Austin, TX.

In an unprecedented alliance among six major cultural presenters in the American west– Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts, James A. Doolittle’s Southern California Theatre Association, the Music Center of Los Angeles County, The University of Texas Performing Arts Center, and Arizona State University Public Events–the $1.2 million project represents the first time these organizations have pooled their financial and administrative resources to present a new work.

The new theater dance piece, inspired by Bausch’s observations and experiences in each of the cities of the sponsoring venues, marks her first work created outside of Europe.  After a series of previews in Wuppertal, May 11-22, the work will have its world premiere at the University of California-Berkeley (October 3-5); it will then be performed in Los Angeles (October 10-12), Tempe (October 17), and Austin (October 22).

Bausch arrived in the United States on January 28 to begin a month of preparation for the new piece.  Working between 6pm and 3am and accompanied by her scenic artist Peter Pabst and costume designers Marion Cito–Bausch plans to observe the people and multi-cultural life that characterizes the American west including jazz and Latin American music clubs, dance halls, shelters, churches, restaurants, etc.

While in residence in Los Angeles for three weeks, January 30-February 19, she and 25 of her performers will work on transforming her experiences into the new piece.  Bausch’s other site-inspired works are:  “Viktor” (1986); “Palermo, Palermo” (1989); “Tanzabend II” (1991) and “Ein Trauerspiel (A Mourning Play)” (1994).



Artist Bios

Born in Solingen, Germany in 1940, Bausch began her dance studies at the age of fourteen at the Folkwang School where she worked with German dance pioneer Kurt Jooss.  In 1958 she came to the United States to study at The Juilliard School; while in New York she also danced with the Paul Sanasardo and Danya Feuer Dance Company, the New American Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera.  When she returned to Germany in 1962, she became a principal dancer with the newly formed Folkwang Ballett.  She began choreographing for the company in 1968, and a year later assumed directorship of the troupe. Four years later she founded Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal.  In addition to her work in Wuppertal, she has served as head of the dance department for the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen (1983-88).  In 1993 she was additionally appointed artistic director of the Folkwang Tanzstudio. Her company last appeared in the United States in 1994 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.


The tour is commissioned in part and produced in association with Rena Shagan Associates, Inc. and Darlene Neel Presentations.