Pina Bausch - Nefés

From Brooklyn Academy of Music:

Pina Bausch first brought her incomparable brand of dance to BAM in 1984, establishing herself as a master of transformative theater. With the stunning Nefés, Bausch channels impressions of Istanbul—a city where ancient is juxtaposed with modern and West converges with East—into a vibrant, ephemeral whole.

Originally conceived in 2002 as an ode to the city’s historically resonant din and brilliant colors, Nefés (Turkish for “breath”) quickly became a life-affirming response to Istanbul’s bouts with political upheaval. But rather than echoing the violence, Bausch invests her signature humor and emotional pathos with an acute sense of calm. And she does so by focusing on pure movement, on the body itself. The contemplative mood also extends to Bausch’s typically eclectic music and striking staging, featuring massive video screens with which the dancers interact. Istanbul is surrounded by water and that element plays a crucial role in Nefés, culminating in one of Bausch’s most unforgettable stage images—one we wouldn’t dare spoil by revealing here.

Approximate running time: 170min, including 20min intermission.

Set and video design by Peter Pabst
Costume design by Marion Cito
Musical direction by Matthias Burkert and Andreas Eisenschneider

A co-production with the International Istanbul Theatre Festival and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

Nefés will be playing at BAM from December 8th – 12th at the Howard Gilman Opera House.

Photo: Ursula Kauffman

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