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Palermo Palermo

Pina Bausch Foundation / Online / Stage

Pina Bausch, who died in 2009 at the age of 68, was beloved in Europe and controversial in America. A German dancer and choreographer, she and the company she created, the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, were known for large-scale works of stunning, sometimes shocking, imagery. Sex and power, memory and desire—these continuing subjects were never presented in a traditionally linear way. Violence, wit, absurdity, risk, with a bit of OCD repetition thrown in, all are ingredients in her neo-Expressionist recipes for disaster and sometimes delight. So an evening of Bausch is as demanding of its audience as it is of its dancers. Her 1989 work Palermo Palermo—which begins with a huge cinderblock wall crashing to the floor—has just been made available for home viewing. Get to know Bausch. Her mind worked like no one else’s. —L.J.

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