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Bangarra Dance Theatre
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble.

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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch makes its Chicago debut

Bangarra Dance Theatre
Pina Bausch in 1966.

Tanztheater Wuppertal, the company founded in 1973 and led by the late Pina Bausch for over 30 years, makes its long-awaited Chicago debut this spring with Palermo Palermo.

Palermo Palermo. premiered in 1989, and was created at the request of the mayor of the Sicilian capital. One of 46 works created by Bausch before her death in 2009, Palermo Palermo. features Tanztheater’s multigenerational, international company of dancers, their experiences “enlarged by the choreographer’s artistic imagination, everyday reality transformed by an unfamiliar context” (The New York Times).

From the start, Pina Bausch’s “dance theater” was different from classical ballet. The dancers are exposed as individual characters, revealing their stories by dancing, singing, talking, laughing, and crying. With individual scenes playfully sequenced and evoking countless associations, the pieces approach their respective subjects using rich contrast and variety, with human relationships and altercations between the sexes frequently a central focus. Timeless in its aesthetic and themes, what began as a revolution in Wuppertal has shaped the evolution of theater and of classical and modern dance, influencing the work of an entire generation of choreographers.

Following Bausch’s death in 2009, her works live on in the dancers of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Nearly two-thirds of the current company created pieces with Pina Bausch, and preserving and developing this repertoire has now become one of the ensemble’s core tasks.

Don’t miss the Chicago debut of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, the company whose eponymous founder The New York Times called the “indisputable star of neo-expressionist dance theater.”

To purchase tickets, visit harristheaterchicago.org or contact the box office at 312-334-7777, open Monday through Friday, 12-5PM.


Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 E. Randolph St.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch Palermo Palermo

Friday, May 1 • 8 p.m.

Icon Gala and public performance

Saturday, March 2 • 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 3 • 2 p.m.

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