Pina Bausch | Palermo Palermo

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  • Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

    Palermo Palermo

    Pina Bausch
Length – 2 h 35 including intermission Venue – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
23 February 2023 - 20 h 00
24 February 2023 - 20 h 00
25 February 2023 - 20 h 00
Montréal en lumière

The long-awaited return of the 23 performers of Tanztheater Wuppertal, come to rattle the walls of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier! The bells of Palermo ring out loudly in this iconic work by Pina Bausch, whose imprint remains unequalled. A must-see

A pivotal piece in Tanztheater Wuppertal’s repertoire, Palermo Palermo is one of a long series of danced portraits of cities choreographed by the late Pina Bausch. In 1989, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German choreographer, then in residence in Palermo, imagined a collapsing brick wall, a metaphor for “the invisible walls that exist everywhere in the world, inside our heads.” Amid the rubble, male and female dancers with powerful individuality perform a succession of vignettes, in high heels or barefoot. A seismic tremor of unforgettable proportions, Palermo Palermo depicts a shaken humanity in a sensual and colourful Sicily, where the street is an ongoing performance ... Today, a younger generation is taking up the torch alongside familiar members of the troupe to breathe new life into the many characters of this baroque and poetic creation. Stunning.

In coproduction with Teatro Biondo Stabile, Palermo and Andres Neumann International


Tickets start at $59.00

Post-performance talk with the artists

    Wednesday February 22, 2023
    Friday February 24, 2023

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    Pina Bausch


    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...

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Artistic Director Boris Charmatz

Palermo Palermo
A work by Pina Bausch

In coproduction with Teatro Biondo Stabile, Palermo and Andres Neumann International 

Direction / Choreography Pina Bausch.
Set design Peter Pabst.
Costumes Marion Cito.
Music ollaboration Matthias Burkert.
Music Edvard Grieg, Niccolo Paganini, traditional music from Sicily, southern Italy, Africa, Japan and Scotland, Renaissance music, blues and jazz from the USA. 

With the dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

Permiere December 17, 1989, Opernhaus Wuppertal.
Performance rights Verlag der Autoren representing the Pina Bausch Foundation.


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