Archive for June, 2009

In Memoriam: Pina Bausch (July 27, 1940 – June 30, 2009)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Pina Bausch (Photo by Atsushi Iijima)
Photo credit: Pina Bausch (Photo by Atsushi Iijima)

My first experience with Pina Bausch was her 1997 piece Der Fensterputzer (The Window Cleaner) which was created in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society and the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong. I saw the premiere in Hong Kong just before the handover. A couple of years later, I was lucky enough to live New York and see every one of Tanztheater Wuppertal’s performances at BAM since then: Danzón (1995), Für die Kinder von gestern, heute und morgen (2002), Nefés (2003), Sweet Mambo (2008) and Bamboo Blues (2007).

It’s hard to believe that I will never see her new work ever again. It saddens me to think that I’ll never have a chance to take a brief glimpse at her timid and introvert self at the end of every performances at BAM. Each the piece that I was lucky enough to see had a very special place in my heart. They all moved and touched me tremendously. It makes me weep just by remembering the bodies have moved…

Guardian: Pina Bausch, German choreographer and dancer, dies

NY Times: Pina Bausch Dies