New Zealand Festival Honouring Pina Bausch With Tanztheater Wuppertal Season
The New Zealand Festival’s Artistic Director Shelagh Magadza has confirmed that the Festival will present a special season of performance and film, honouring the great artist Pina Bausch (1940-2009).
The season is set to be staged as part of the 2016 New Zealand Festival (26 Feb – 20 Mar), which is also the 30th anniversary of the event. Shelagh said the Festival had been waiting three decades to bring Bausch’s company Tanztheater Wuppertal to New Zealand.
“Lauded by everyone from Alan Rickman to Wim Wenders to Madonna, Pina Bausch was one of the last century’s great artistic icons. A true original, she inspired a dedicated following of fans from across the world – redefining what dance, theatre and art could be. We’re honoured to be staging the Australasian exclusive of two of her signature works from the 1970s, and to host this extraordinary company in New Zealand for the first time,” Shelagh said.
The company of 36 dancers will perform both Café Müller and The Rite of Spring over four nights. The season is dedicated to the late Sir John Todd, in recognition of the philanthropic contribution he made to the arts in New Zealand.
Katrina Todd, Sir John’s daughter and a former dancer herself, has welcomed the partnership. “I am delighted that the Todd Corporation is supporting the New Zealand Festival 2016 by partnering with Café Müller and The Rite of Spring. Tanztheater is a company of such high calibre and rich history, and it will be a fantastic and unique opportunity for New Zealand audiences to see them live. With his love of dance, this is a fitting tribute to Sir John, my father,” Katrina said. The season will include a series of related films, starting with award-winning Wim Wenders documentary Pina which will screen at selected cinemas across the country in November.
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