Pina Bausch, Paperback Book
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Routledge Performance Practitioners is a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century.

Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance.

This book is the first English language overview of Pina Bausch's work and methods, combining: * an historical and artistic context for Bausch's work. * her own words on her work, including a newly published interview. * a detailed account of her groundbreaking work Kontakthof, both as performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal and by ladies and gentlemen over 65. * practical exercises derived from Bausch's working method for both dance and theatre artists and students.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

Royd Climenhaga currently teaches at Eugene Lang College/The New School University in New York City.

He writes on intersections bewteen dance and theater and develops and produces new physical performance works as Co-Artistic director of Human Company.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 1 black & white tables, 14 black & white halftones
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Theatre studies
  • ISBN: 9780415375221

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So I got the chance to see Wim Wenders' "pina" recently and although I had some point of contact with Pina Bausch's work, the film certainly asked more questions than it answered--which is very central to Pina's philosophy of life/theatre/dance. This book makes an attempt to pull apart the process of creating artistic work by stripping each and every element down to its fundamental--of process over product--and in the analysis draws on very the different approaches of American vs. German contemporary dance. The beauty of Pina is that she has no mission statement, no defining process; all she did was ask questions. It is not how people move, but what moves people. Pieces that grow from the inside out. Loved the opportunity to further ponder on the philosophical ideas and work of this great person.

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