Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Upon seeing Pina Bausch's work (inspiration, process)

What interests me the most (as an artist) about Pina Bausch's work?

www.moving-moments.de © Bettina Stöß

This man mentions a few things which are important to me  (Thomas Riccio, in his review of Pina Bausch by Royd Climenhaga; Theatre Journal, 2010):

"Her process-oriented work was shaped by the moment and by the people with whom she worked. [...]
Bausch did not stage stories, but rather experiences—at once immediate, personal, and universal."

But, of course, it's much more than that. Yes, her work fills me with awe but after seeing a performance I am also left with a sort of desire, a hunger that's very hard to analyze or describe.

Maybe that's why I like reading others' thoughts about Pina's work, because it helps me find words for the impact her work has on me, as well--for example at Sadler's Wells Theatre's website, especially "I'm a Pinaholic" or this eloquent description:

"In a culture like ours, where categorisation counts for much, the stagings of Pina Bausch seek in vain for an easy name, concrete meaning, rational description... none of which can be found in what she actually does. Her world is elliptical, post-rational, pre-classical. She has - and this makes her both shameless and special - the unique ability to unite on stage the flailing impulses of a child with the witty self-consciousness of adulthood. These qualities were immediately on show in these two seminal works, which remain as fresh, startling and transporting as they were when first seen in another century and a smaller Germany. If anything, their originality has deepened with time."
From "The Singular Art of Pina Bausch" By James Woodall

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