Who is Pina Bausch?
Pina Bausch was a German dancer and choreographer. Her dancing style consisted of a blend of movement, sound and prominent stage sets and this style went on to be called Tanztheater. This dance form influenced modern dance from the 1970s. She formed a company called Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch that performs globally.
Pina was born on 27 July 1940 in Solingen, Germany. She was the daughter of August and Anaita Bausch. Her parents were the owner of a restaurant where she started performing at a very young age. She performed for all the guests and occasionally went to their rooms to perform. She was later accepted in Folkwangschule at the age of 14.
Pina went to New York City in 1960 after scoring a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. She soon began performing with Antony Tudor at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company and New American Ballet. She also joined Folkwang-Ballett as a soloist. She choreographed her first piece of dance in 1968. She was the recipient of the UK’s Laurence Olivier Award and Japan’s Kyoto Prize. She was awarded the Deutscher Tanzpreis in 1995 and received the Europe Theatre Prize in 1999. In 2009, she was elected as a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her dancing style had influenced many artists such as David Bowie.
Bausch died on 30 June 2009 at the age of 68 due to an unstated form of cancer. After her death, a documentary named Pina was released to honor her memory.
Best Pina Bausch Quotations Collection
“I want to feel something, as a person. I don’t want to be bored.”
“I’m not interested in how people move, but what moves them.”
“It was not like I planned even to be a choreographer. It just happened to me somehow.”
“When I first began choreographing, I never thought of it as choreography but as expressing feelings. Though every piece is different, they are all trying to get at certain things that are difficult to put into words. In the work, everything belongs to everything else – the music, the set, the movement and whatever is said.”
“Everything must come from the heart, must be lived.”
“What I try to do is find a language for life.”