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Press Release: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returns to Sadler's Wells with Masurca Fogo

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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch 

Masurca Fogo
Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 February 2017
Performances: Thursday – Saturday at 7.30pmSunday at 4pm
Tickets: £12  £60
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

Masurca Fogo, created by the endlessly inventive Pina Bausch, returns to Sadler’s Wells from Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 February 2017. The piece, an international co-production with EXPO 98 Lissabon and Goethe-Institut Lissabon, is performed by the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company.

The absurd and delightful Masurca Fogo takes on the subject of desire and the desperate, achingly human need for love, treated to Bausch’s tongue-firmly-in-cheek wit. Dancers fling themselves down water slides, breathe into microphones, feed watermelon to a live chicken and cram into a crowded beach hut for a party, always with “Bausch’s sharp mudlarker’s eye for social ritual” (The Guardian).

Since its world premiere in 1998, Masurca Fogo has performed to audiences across the world. Set to a soundtrack that features a gloriously eclectic mix of k.d. lang, the Balanescu Quartet’s reinvention of German electronic band Kraftwerk, and traditional African and Portuguese music, the production is an upbeat piece of dance theatre with all of Bausch’s trademark ingenuity on display.

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 death in 2009, the company has continued to tour with her choreographic works around the world. Adolphe Binder will be Intendant and Artistic Director of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch from May 2017.

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

Listings Information:
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch 
Masurca Fogo

Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 February 2017
Performances: Thursday – Saturday at 7.30pmSunday at 4pm
Tickets: £12 - £60
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com


Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the 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 100 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, an Associate Company and two International Associate Companies. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University.

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 9% of its revenue from Arts Council England.  

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 11 and 14 different pieces by Pina Bausch each season.

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