A Question of Legacy; A text Inspired by Pina Bausch

A Question of Legacy; A text Inspired by Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch’s company Tanztheater Wuppertal from Germany visited Berkley to perform Danzón in December 2011. It gives me an opportunity to crystalise some questions which bang around for me constantly as a working artist living in the Bay Area, but trained in Europe. How is her work expanded, reflected, fetishised or disregarded by contemporary Bay Area performance makers? Do we share a family tree? Why does European ‘Dance Theater’ have special resonance in the Bay Area right now?

Click to read the complete article: A Question of Legacy; A text Inspired by Pina Bausch. THEOFFCENTER, San Francisco. January 17, 2012.

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