Alternate Title Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal: Palermo Palermo / Bandoneon
Premiere US Premiere
Country of Origin Germany
Description Palermo, Palermo: Sept. 28-Oct. 5
Bandoneon: Oct. 8-13
A great artist and a great company return to BAM with two extraordinary pieces of dance theater: Palermo, Palermo, a view of the city as only Pina Bausch can see it -- beautiful and ancient, squalid and dangerous. And Bandoneon, a work that is haunted by the tango, the Bandoneon, and the music of Argentina in the 1930s and 40s.
In "Palermo, Palermo," an unexpectedly humorous but subliminally grim work seen in its United States premiere, the scenic context is as spectacular as ever, the succession of dramatic vignettes more alogical than in the past. A woman begs to be pelted with tomatoes; a man recalls a Polish childhood; another woman acts possessive about a clutch of uncooked spaghetti. When the house lights are initially dimmed, a huge wall the width of the stage comes crashing down: its cinder blocks fall backward. Peter Pabst's stunningly conceived scenery is not designed to be chewed up by the performers, unlike the downpours of sand that later wafts out to the audience. Nonetheless, Pina Bausch has made her speaking dancers the subject of this work, and they respond with a polished projection in every hardening expression, simpering turn of the mouth and scaling of the proscenium.