A series of ten works by the late choreographer Pina Bausch will be performed in London by both Sadler’s Wells and the Barbican as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
The month long season by Bausch’s company Tanztheater Wuppertal has been inspired by the countries that she visited and researched during her career between 1986 and 2009, locations including India, Brazil, Palermo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Budapest, Istanbul, Santiago, Rome and Japan. Seven of these works have not been seen before in the UK; Sadler’s Wells will host six of the pieces while the Barbican will host the remaining four so that the complex sets can be constructed in each performance space.
Dominique Mercy and Robert Sturm, co-artistic directors of Tanztheater Wuppertal hope the season will be an ‘amazing and outstanding homage to Pina Bausch’, who died in 2009, adding it was a ‘great honour’ to perform as part of the Olympic celebrations.
The cycle will be staged in June and July 2012; in addition to this a film which Bausch began in collaboration with the director Wim Wenders about capturing the process of dance on film will be released in the UK on 22nd April 2011.