Pina Bausch

"I was deeply distressed to hear the news of the death of Pina Bausch. She was an artist of the kind that the world is only blessed with from time to time. Her repertoire of works has inspired generations of audiences and artists with an impact that is hard to overestimate. She was a dear friend to me and I will miss her greatly. There is now a big hole in my life, and that of countless others. My thoughts at this time are with Ronald her husband, Rolf her son, and her other family, the members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal who must be deeply traumatised by this loss."

Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director, Sadler's Wells


Sadler's Wells and Pina Bausch have had a long-standing working relationship since her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal first performed at the theatre in 1982. A 17 year absence followed before Pina Bausch returned with her company in 1999 with Viktor, in 2002 with Masurca Fogo and in 2005 with Nelken and Palermo Palermo. In 2008 the company presented her seminal works, Café Müller and The Rite of Spring, followed by a performance as part of Sadler's Wells Celebrates in November 2008, marking 10 years since the theatre re-opened.

Pina Bausch is one of the greats. That much is known, but do we know why? When addressing the question, one word invariably crops up in the answer: "Tanztheater".
More from James Woodhall's 2008 article »

Pina Bausch was director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal for over 35 years. During this time she made over 40 productions, many of which have travelled throughout the world.
More from the Gala programme, November 2008 »

Film Director Pedro Almodovar talks about Pina Bausch's influence on his films All About My Mother and Talk To Her: "In All About My Mother there was a poster of Pina in Café Müller... More »

Pina Bausch's influence was wide ranging. Many practitioners from across art forms paid tribute to her in the programmes accompanying Tanztheater Wuppertal productions at Sadler's Wells. Here is a selection, from Anthony Gormley, Akram Khan, Katie Mitchell, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw and Richard Wilson Read on »

"Hello. My name is Helen, and I'm a Pinaholic..." Read on »

Pina Bausch portrait

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