Pina Bausch. Photo © Wilfried Krüger.

Pina Bausch


23.11.2019 — 06.01.2020

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The tribute dedicated by Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee and Fondazione Campania dei Festival to the icon of contemporary dance Pina Bausch, ten years after her death, continues.

A project in chapters which started at the Madre museum with the performance Moving with Pina, conceived and acted by Cristiana Morganti, presented on the occasion of the 2019 edition of the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia and in the context of Piazza Madre, and which came to an end with the first Italian venue of Ensembles. A video-installation about Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, video installation dedicated to Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater. The exhibition presents a composition of video projections and music created by Ismaël Dia, Director of the Pina Bausch Archives, and by Matthias Burkert, a longtime work companion of the artist and choreographer.

Presented for the first time as part of the exhibition Pina Bausch und das Tanztheater at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn in 2016, and then shown at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin and at the Tanit Gallery in Beirut in 2017 and at the DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague in 2019,  the installation reflects the pivotal role of direct filming in the work of Pina Bausch at the Tanztheater Wuppertal, an essential part of her creative process since from the very beginning. Among her “directors”, Rolf Borzik, Herbert Rach, Detlef Erler, Jérôme Cassou, Grigori Chakhov.

Ensembles focuses primarily on the international dancers that accompanied Pina Bausch throughout her years at the Tanztheater Wuppertal, fundamental in the choreographic process of the “great mother” of the European dance-theater. Extracts from the rich collection of video materials preserved in the Pina Bausch Archives come to light whitin this installation, giving us an idea of the original choreographic language of this great innovator, as the wide repertoire of 46 works that Bausch created with her company shows. To her actors/dancers Pina Bausch asks to dance but also to take part in the creation of the work, taking up and recording feelings and emotions, which characterize her style. As a choreographer and dancer Bausch received numerous awards and was loved by some of the greatest film directors such as Federico Fellini, Pedro Almodòvar and Wim Wenders, who in 2011 communicated her work to the world with the docufilm Pina, in which some of her famous performances are shown in 3D. But “Pina’s work was in 3D long before it was in the film”, as Barbara Kaufmann said, and that is why the three-dimensional intensity of her poetry fits perfectly with the openness to all contemporary languages that characterizes a museum like the Madre.

And it’s from the Tanztheater Wuppertal that comes the choreographer and dancer Marigia Maggipinto who, between December 20, 2019 and January 5, 2020, will hold a series of thirty minutes workshop dedicated to dance enthusiasts with every level of competence or without any previous experience, offering a mix of different techniques, traditions and physical practices. By dropping in, participants will be able to experiment a wide variety of dance-related practices and will have the opportunity to learn short extracts from Bausch’s choreography, taken from shows such as Nelken or Kontakthof. The mini-workshop program, realized with the support of Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, and Goethe Institut, Naples, transforms the visit to the museum, as Maggipinto says, into a “three-dimensional experience”, physical and emotional, during which the public not only looks and listens but lives the artist’s choreography in person (reservation required: ph. 349.937.42.29 from December 1st, 2019).