Pina Bausch & the Lawn of Herod Atticus Odeon

The Fall of Herod Atticus Odeon

I didn’t know who was Pina Bausch, but I knew that on the phone was Theoni, pleased to announce that the time of Herod Atticus Odeon fall was reached: her landscaping company took over the layer of the orchestra of the ancient theater with lawn. I wish her “Also to the Parthenon” and at the same time I was convinced that the inexhaustible, splendid talent of the Greeks in all sorts of swindle found new and promising roads for the wastage of public money. “No, no,” she told me. “This is a dance performance of Pina Bausch”. Pina Bausch, a tragedy is not, a singer is probably not, chocolate is certainly not, a well-known brand of men’s and women’s lingerie is ruled out, what a sponsor of all this is Pina Baus, I asked. “Choreographer” answered me. “Of the most important in modern dance. Of course I also have tickets for the show. Do you want to go?”

Before the show of Pina Bausch - Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 2001 Before the show of Pina Bausch – Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 2001[/caption]

No I didn’t. On the date of the show, I had more serious things to do: to rumination about the recent social and political developments on the planet, to drink coffee at Exarcheia square, admiring the Blue Condominium of Kyriakos Panagiotakos for countless time, and to break backgammon to his indefinitely lucky head of my friend and competitor Dionysis.

Since then many backgammon games have been played in the groove of time. And a frigid winter night in 2011 or 2012 happened to see a Wim Wenders movie about Pina Bausch in a central Athens cinema. And while I went to once again surrender my admiration to the cinema of the very important German creator, I was speechless. Spectacle? No. Here we are talking about capturing and recording in the film image of a pillar of Western European Culture. Pina Baus. No, I correct: a pillar of the Ecumenical Culture.

Pina Bausch - Portrait of Pina Bausch in the street
Portrait of Pina Bausch in the street

Few Narrow and Unsolicited Biographicals for Pina Bausch

Her full name is Philippina Bausch. She was born in Solingen, Germany, on July 27, 1940 – a terrific time for soldiers – by restaurant owners, and it seems that the dancing art of the servant was the one that determined her later choices.

Pina Bausch - Teaching Choreography by Pina Bausch Teaching Choreography by Pina Bausch[/caption]

From the atmosphere of World War II, Pina Bausch inevitably inherited the panic and the horror she sometimes experienced in her subsequent choreographies as a spell or as a statement of the universal wrath of man in time of war and peace.

Having her experience of participating in a children’s ballet, she started dancing with the famous expressionist choreographer Kurt Jooss in fourteen years.

She graduated in 1959 with praise and in 1960 Pina Bausch received a scholarship to continue her studies in New York dance at “The Juilliard School”. After first dancing with ‘Paul Sanasardo and Donya Feuer Dance Company’, she will later become a member of the “Metropolitan Opera” ballet.

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In 1962, Pina Bausch returns to Germany as a soloist in the newly-formed “Folkwang Ballett”, and she works again with Kurt Jooss, as well as Hans Zülig and Jean Cébron.

Her first work as a choreographer titled ‘Fragmente’ was presented in 1968.

In 1972 she takes on the directorship of the “Wuppertal Opera Ballet”, later named “Wuppertaler Tanztheater” to receive the final name of “Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch”.

Based in “Opernhaus Wuppertal”, the Pina Bausch “Tanztheater” will give performances all over the world, opening up new streets for the art to which the great artist devoted almost all of his life.

On June 30, 2009, Pina Bausch leaves the dance, her son Rolf-Salomon and the world, in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, at the age of 68.

Pina Bausch Works

  • Fritz, 1973
  • Iphigenie auf Tauris, (Iphigenia in Tauris), 1973
  • Zwei Krawatten (Two ties), 1974
  • Ich bring’ dich um die Ecke (I’ll do you in), 1974
  • Adagio, 1974
  • Orpheus und Eurydike, 1975
  • Frühlingsopfer, 1975
  • Die sieben Todsünden, 1976
  • Blaubart, 1977
  • Komm tanz mit mir (Come dance with me), 1977
  • Renate wandert aus (Renate emigrates), 1977
  • Er nimmt sie an der Hand und führt sie in sein Schloss, die anderen folgen … (He takes her by the hand and leads her into the castle, the others follow…), 1978
  • Café Müller, 1978
  • Kontakthof (Court of contact), 1978
  • Arien (Arias), 1979
  • Keuschheitslegende (Legend of chastity), 1979
  • 1980 – Ein Stück von Pina Bausch (1980 – A piece by Pina Bausch), 1980
  • Bandoneon, 1980
  • Walzer (Waltz), 1982
  • Nelken (Carnations), 1982
  • Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört (On the mountain a cry was heard), 1984
  • Two Cigarettes in the Dark, 1985
  • Viktor, 1986
  • Ahnen (Suspecting), 1987
  • Palermo Palermo, 1989
  • Tanzabend II (Dance Evening II), 1991
  • Das Stück mit dem Schiff (The Piece with the Ship), 1993
  • Ein Trauerspiel (A Tragedy), 1994
  • Danzón, 1995
  • Nur Du (Only you), 1996
  • Der Fensterputzer (The window washer), 1997
  • Masurca Fogo, 1998
  • O Dido, 1999
  • Wiesenland (Meadowland), 2000
  • Kontakthof – Mit Damen und Herren ab 65 (Kontakthof – with men and women of age 65 and up), 2000
  • Água (Water), 2001
  • Für die Kinder von gestern, heute und morgen For the children of yesterday, today, and tomorrow), 2002
  • Nefés (Breath), 2003
  • Ten Chi, 2004
  • Rough Cut, 2005
  • Vollmond Full Moon, 2006
  • Bamboo Blues, 2007
  • Sweet Mambo, 2008
  • Kontakthof – Mit Teenagern ab 14 (Kontakthof, with teenagers 14 years and up), 2008
  • … como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si … (… like the moss on the stone …), 2009

Dancer Lutz Förster and Dance of the (his) Hands

Lutz Förster – an important dancer, teacher and close associate of Pina Baus to the end – delivers simple lessons of dancing magic.

Pina Bausch - The Pina Bausch at the scene after Show
The Pina Bausch on the stage after Show


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