Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 - Palermo Sicily: Palermo Palermo (1989)
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To: Monday, 2 July 2012
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The month-long season of international co-productions performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal at Sadlerís Wells and the Barbican in summer 2012 marks a fitting celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic yearís global focus. Seven of the 10 works are UK Premieres. For Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 Sadlerís Wells has, in association with Cultural Industry and the Barbican, with thanks to Wuppertal, North Rhine Westphalia and Arts Council England, commissioned the first ever continuous season of productions by the late Pina Bausch and her company. Running from 6 June to 9 July 2012, the season features 10 international co-productions exploring 10 global locations; India, Brazil, Palermo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Budapest, Istanbul, Santiago de Chile, Rome and Japan.
Michael Coveney - 2 July 2012
The penultimate blast of Pina Bausch in the World Cities 2012 festival (and part of London 2012 and the Cultural Olympiad) is a trademark special of look back in angst and anguish in Palermo.
Have you been to Sicily? Believe me, this show hits the nail on the head in terms of danger, conspiracy, street-fighting, shoes, church bells and stray dogs. The dancers are lost in a world of their own and a fight against the city. This is not a tourist’s post card.
It’s a gallimaufry of gypsy fandango, jazz, blues and rituals of humiliation, men and women on different sides of the same song sheet, throwing tomatoes and apples at each other, some of them sticking, some of them bouncing off metallic city walls.
My favourite moments in Pina Bausch are always the climactic ensemble diagonals, or rectangular lines, which combine private, regimented hand gestures and glides with accumulated power, the transcendent power of theatre itself; I miss this in her recent w...
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Alice - 4 July 2012:
Absolutely awful. Did not make any sense and bored me half to death. All the impressive moves in the piece were good but the whole piece was a shambles and did not make sense. Waste of money....