Dance Camera West: Pina Bausch On Screen

Saturday Jun 16, 2007 7:00PM This is a past program
Dance Camera West (DCW) presents two US film premieres featuring German choreographer Pina Bausch and her acclaimed company, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. A master of transformative theater, Bausch’s surreal stagings and incomparable brand of neoexpressionist dance have made her one of the greatest dance artists of the last 40 years. Because Bausch has collected and then destroyed much of the footage about her, there are very few existing films documenting the work of this maverick artist. DCW will screen two of the only five films to ever be approved by Bausch for viewing.

Director Christiane Gibiec’s 1998 documentary Das Tanztheater der Pina Bausch offers a rare glimpse of Pina Bausch’s life and work from the 1970s through the 1990s. In contrast, Coffee with Pina (2006) chronicles Israeli filmmaker and visual artist Lee Yanor’s ongoing 12-year dialogue with Bausch. Included are excerpts from Bausch works Agua (Paris, 2003) and Rough Cut (Wuppertal, 2005). 


Public programs are made possible, in part, by major gifts from the Annenberg Foundation and Mimi and Werner Wolfen. Additional support is provided by Laura Donnelley, Bronya and Andrew Galef, Erika Glazer, and an anonymous donor.