Pina Bausch (1940–2009) is recognised as a pioneer of modern dance theatre and as one of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century. The exhibition is the first to present her work to a wider public. Together with her company, Pina Bausch developed the artistic form of dance theatre which combines theatre, dance and performance art. Her novel approach not only roundly rejected the conventions of classical ballet, but also went far beyond the preoccupations with formal principles that characterise much of modern dance.

«I am less interested in how people move than in what moves them» Pina Bausch

The objects, installations, photographs and videos presented are drawn from the unique holdings of the Pina Bausch Archives. At the heart of the exhibition is the reconstruction of the ‘Lichtburg’, the legendary rehearsal space in an old Wuppertal cinema, in which Pina Bausch developed most of her pieces in collaboration with her dancers. Outsiders are rarely admitted to this intimate space. At the Martin-Gropius-Bau it becomes a platform for inspiration and exchange. Members of the company will introduce visitors to the quality of dance theatre movements and short sequences of dance moves. Performances, dance workshops, public rehearsals, conversations, films and much more transform the rehearsal studio into a vibrant, experiential space for visitors.

In cooperation with the Pina Bausch Foundation, Wuppertal

Berliner Festspiele / Martin-Gropius-Bau

Show bibliography

  • Jochen Viehoff, Pina Bausch tanzt ein Solo in Danzón (Ausschnitt), Fotografie, © Jochen Viehoff
  • Ulli Weiss, Probe in der Lichtburg, mit Rolf Borzik und Marion Cito Wuppertal, um 1978, © Pina Bausch Foundation
  • Ulli Weiss, Probe: Er nimmt sie an der Hand und führt sie in das Schloß, die anderen folgen, Bochum, 1978, © Pina Bausch Foundation
  • Die Lichtburg 2016 , © Pina Bausch Foundation
  • Fotograf unbekannt, Aufführung: Passacaglia and Fuge in C minor, Choreografie: Doris Humphrey (1938), Einstudierung: José Limón, Juilliard School, New York, 1960, © Pina Bausch Foundation, Juilliard Archives
  • Ulli Weiss, Bühnenprobe zu Nelken, Palais des Papes, Avignon, 1983 , © Pina Bausch Foundation
  • Zerrin Aydin-Herwegh, Aufführung des Pina Bausch-Stücks „Sacre” Fotografie, © Zerrin Aydin-Herwegh
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  1. Jochen Viehoff, Pina Bausch dancing a Solo in Danzón (Detail), Photo © Jochen Viehoff Jochen Viehoff, Pina Bausch dancing a Solo in Danzón (Detail), Photo © Jochen Viehoff

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