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Press Release: Pina Bausch's Chilean masterpiece returns to Sadler's Wells, 11-14 Feb

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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

“…como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si…” (Like moss on a stone)
Sadler’s Wells EC1R 4TN
Thursday 11 - Sunday 14 February 2016
Performances at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 - £60
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

Under the newly bestowed title of Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company, the legendaryTanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returns to London on Thursday 11 - Sunday 14 February with “…como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si…” (Like moss on a stone), the last work completed by Pina Bausch before her death in 2009.

After having presented the earlier works Ahnen and Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört as a double bill in April 2015, this spring sees Sadler’s Wells cast eyes on the final oeuvre that completed Bausch’s prolific artistic canon, renowned for its diverse cultural influences and rich visual style. 


“…como el musguito…” draws inspiration from the music, politics and culture of Chile, and was created by Bausch as an international co-production after time spent in the country with 21 members of her company. It features the haunting music of Chilean composers, including the director, playwright, poet, singer, songwriter and political activist Victor Jara. The work takes its title from the lyrics of Violeta Parra’s song Volver a los 17, which features in the performance. 

Renowned as the inventor of tanztheater, and widely regarded as one of the most significant influences in contemporary dance, Pina Bausch has inspired generations of audiences and artists all over the world, nurturing an ensemble of vivid imagination and grand scale. Since her untimely death in 2009, the company has continued to tour with her choreographic works around the world. Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is now under the artistic directorship of Lutz Förster.

Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding said: “Pina Bausch’s influence on modern culture has been immeasurable, cutting across dance, theatre, performance art, visual art, music and film. Hosting the unprecedented World Cities 2012 season as part of the London Cultural Olympiad was a unique and momentous occasion for our organisations – and I foresee many more exciting projects ahead.  This relationship with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch as Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company will serve to sustain Bausch’s profound legacy in the UK and we are delighted to act as the company’s UK home.”

A co-production with Festival International de Teatro Santiago a Mil in Chile, with support from the Goethe-Instituts Chile, and in cooperation with Andres Neumann International

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company


Sadler’s Wells
Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. Since 2005 it has helped to bring over 90 new dance works to the stage and its award-winning commissions and collaborative productions regularly tour internationally. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and an Associate Company and nurtures the next generation of talent through hosting the National Youth Dance Company, its Summer University programme, Wild Card initiative and its New Wave Associates.

Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera all having started at Sadler’s Wells. 

Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and currently receives approximately 10% of its revenue from Arts Council England. 

About Pina Bausch
Pina Bausch was born in Solingen in 1940. She received her dance training at the Folkwang School in Essen under Kurt Jooss, where she achieved technical excellence. Beginning her work as a choreographer in 1968, Pina Bausch invented tanztheater as it is known today.

Bausch’s initially controversial fusion of radical theatre, surreal art, drama and danced body language, gradually achieved international recognition for the company. Her original approach to theatre and dance influenced the international development of dance and inspired not only a generation of choreographers, but also theatre makers, visual artists and filmmakers. Awarded some of the greatest prizes and honours world-wide, Pina Bausch is one of the most significant choreographers of our time.

During 36 years as Artistic Director of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, she nurtured an ensemble of vivid imagination and grand scale and developed an artistic canon renowned for its diverse cultural influences and rich visual style. Since her death in 2009, the company continues to tour all over the world and presents between 12 and 14 different pieces by Pina Bausch each season.

About Lutz Förster 
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is now under the artistic directorship of Lutz Förster, a close colleague of Pina Bausch and long-term ensemble member who first performed with Bausch in her 1975 production Sacre du Printemps. From 1978 he became a permanent member of the ensemble and soon emerged as one of its most outstanding dancers and performers. Förster became artistic director of Tanztheater Wuppertal in April 2013.

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