In the history of dance, few creations bear the stamp of genius. Nelken, premiered in 1982, is one of them. In a huge field of 8,000 carnations, the ensemble deploys the seasons, moves from chair to chair, displays its virtuosity with a nod to classical forms. The work conveys a world view that is tragic and cruel, but also tender and overflowing with a humanity that has touched audiences all over the world. Certain passages, such as the “Nelken Line,” have become iconic. Beauty blossoms here at every moment. After Vollmond in 2014, the Danse Danse audience is once again invited to experience Pina Bausch’s work in this celebration of movement.
Photo © Wilfried Krüger
Pina Bausch was born in 1940 in Solingen and died in 2009 in Wuppertal. She received her dance training at the Folkwang School in Essen under Kurt Jooss, where she achieved technical excellence. Soon after the director of Wuppertal’s theatres, Arno Wüstenhöfer, engaged her as choreographer, from autumn 1973, she renamed the ensemble the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Under this name, although controversial at the b...Read more about Pina Bausch
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 reperto...Read more about Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
A piece by Pina Bausch.
Director and Choreographer Pina Bausch.
Set Design Peter Pabst.
Costume Design Marion Cito.
Dramatic Advisor Raimund Hoghe.
Musical Collaboration Matthias Burkert.
Collaboration Hans Pop.
With dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, and stuntmen.
Music Franz Schubert, George Gershwin, Franz Lehár, Louis Armstrong, Sophie Tucker, Quincy Jones, Richard Tauber and others.
Première 30 décembre 1982, Opera House Wuppertal.
Performance Rights Verlag der Autoren, Frankfurt a. M. representing Pina Bausch Foundation, Wuppertal.