Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

KONTAKTHOF With Ladies and Gentlemen over ´65` (1,3 and 4 Apr at 7.15pm) and KONTAKTHOF With Teenagers over ´14` (2 Apr at 7.15pm; 3-4 Apr at 2pm)

1 - 4 April 2010 / 19:15, 14:00


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Originally created by Pina Bausch for Tanztheater Wuppertal in 1978, Kontakthof literally translates as ‘place – or house - of contact’. Eleven men and eleven women come together in what might be a dancehall to play out a range of provocative games to a soundtrack of popular songs from the 1930’s.

Free from narrative constraints, Kontakthof is a towering achievement, revealing the essence of Bausch’s lifelong exploration into desire, human identity and the endless search for emotional attachment.

The original version of Kontakthof was first seen in London in 1982 . It was then re-created on a group of senior citizens from Wuppertal twenty years later as part of bite02 .

The piece now returns in a poignant pairing with its counterpart created eight years later: the same work but performed by Teenagers.

The Kontakthof season at the Barbican is performed in memory of Pina Bausch (27 July 1940 – 30 June 2009).

Performance time: 19:15 (14:00 on 3 and 4 Apr)
Running time: 180mins / incl interval
Latecomers will not be admitted

1 Apr 7.15pm
3 Apr 7.15pm
4 Apr 7.15pm

2 Apr 7.15pm
3 Apr 2pm
4 Apr 2pm

Age guidance 14+

2 - 4 Apr Pina Bausch on Film
To complement the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performances, Barbican Film will present a season of films in association with the Goethe-Institut London capturing the life and work of one of the world's most innovative choreographers.

Director and Choreographer: Pina Bausch
Set Design and Costume Design: Rolf Borzik
Assistants to director: Rolf Borzik, Marion Cito, Hans Pop
Rehearsal Director and Supervisor: Josephine Ann Endicott, Bénédicte Billiet
Costumes recreated by: Marion Cito
Music by Charlie Chaplin, Anton Karas, Nino Rota, Jean Sibelius and others

Performance Rights Edition L`Arche, Paris

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Supported by Goethe-Institut London

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