Pina Bausch

(27 July 1940 – 30 June 2009)

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World famous choreographer Pina Bausch brought Dance Theatre to the forefront of choreography. Her often controversial work inspired a large following and has been hugely influential for dancers and choreographers alike.  

Bausch was born in Germany and danced from a young age. Her talent and unusual physical flexibility meant she progressed quickly and was soon dancing in New York at the Juilliard school. Her time in New York, along with her childhood spent observing couples in her parents’ hotel-restaurant, gave her a fascination with human relationships which informed and inspired her choreography. She studied under Antony Tudor and Jose Limon and danced with Paul Taylor.

In the late sixties Bausch began her choreographic career, determined to carve out a new language of movement. Bausch made her name with her German dance theatre company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, which she founded in 1973. Her creations toured all over the world and she made many unique performances celebrating various countries and cities. She worked with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch for 36 years until her death in 2009. Wim Wenders made a remarkable film of her work “Pina” which was completed shortly after she died, and he paid tribute to her at her memorial.