Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director of the École supérieure de ballet du Québec, will teach you the Nelken Line!
This simple movement sequence is accessible to everyone, professional or amateur, dance connoisseur or just curious about the discipline, young or old. And the result will be surprising!
The Nelken Line is a mythical dance sequence by the great German choreographer Pina Bausch, excerpted from her work Nelken. Four simple gestures—set to West End Blues by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five—evoke the changing of the seasons.
The dance workshop, specially designed for non-professionals, will be offered online via the Zoom platform.
In 2017, in a bid to perpetuate the legacy of the founder of dance-theatre, the Pina Bausch Foundation launched the Nelken Line Project, which has since brought together thousands of dance lovers around the world. The concept is simple: through a tutorial, participants learn a movement sequence from Bausch’s iconic work Nelken, then gather to dance it together in a public space. The performance is filmed and the video is sent to the foundation, which archives and distributes it, creating a moving international community that collectively shares in dancing the profound humanity of Pina Bausch.
By sending us your video, you agree that it may be incorporated into a video montage produced by Danse Danse and released by different partners (Danse Danse, Goethe-Institut Montréal, Pina Bausch Foundation).
FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP (VIA ZOOM)
Photo © Carl Lessard
As principal dancer of Montréal’s Grands Ballets Canadiens for close to 18 years, Anik Bissonnette distinguished herself both at home and abroad, receiving critical acclaim for her classical technique as well as her great musical sensibility. Her career has been marked by significant distinctions, including the titles of Officer of the Order of Canada (1995) and Knight of the National Order of Québec (1996). She was awarded the...Read more about Anik Bissonnette
In 1973 Pina Bausch became artistic director of the Wuppertal Opera Ballet, an institution that she renamed Tanztheater Wuppertal two years later, instigating a veritable revolution with the advent of the dance-theatre movement. Based in an industrial city in the North rhine-Westphalia region, the company performs some thirty shows a year there, in addition to its many performances abroad. 29 of the 42 pieces in her repertoire are still...Read more about Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch