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REVIEW

  • Zoltan Alexander

nº61 / PINA BAUSCH / KONTAKTHOF / SADLER'S WELLS / LONDON

Her bleak vision changed the face of European dance. Like it, hate it, but there is no denial that anything is created by Pina Bausch is ART. The revival of the 1978s creation Kontakthof comes back to Sadler’s Wells, London.



Review by Zoltan Alexander



Kontakthof by Pina Bausch / Trailer © video created by Zoltan Alexander ZOLTAN+MEDIA






"DARLING … DARLING, IS IT PAIN OR PLEASURE?"

she asked




Pina Bausch is probably the longest relationship in my life.

Love, passion, fights and divorces (caused by her death in 2009). Our story conquered many countries over the years. Our home was the Theatre de la Ville in Paris. It is probably one of those love stories when the other party could do anything, wrong or right, yet you would still love that person unconditionally. No matter what. Or really?




"Kontakthof" by Pina Bausch / Photo © Courtesy of Vanja Karas


First, let’s go back in time. No, not to the 1930s when the piece is set, nor to 1978 when Kontakthof was created. Back to 2010, London.


Tanztheater Wuppertal staged Kontakthof back in 2010 with two different casts: one created with senior dancers over 65, the other made up of juniors, with a revelatory statement that AGE IS POWER. At my age, I could only second that.