Pina Bausch is one of the most well-known choreographers in the world. Born in Solingen, Germany in 1940, Bausch not only participated in the modern dance movement, she became a major driving force behind some of the greatest innovations of the genre.
Bausch continued to work right up until her death in 2009. In fact, her untimely passing came a mere two days before she was set to begin shooting a documentary with the filmmaker Wim Wenders. However, Bausch's legacy lives on through the collection of amazing dance performances that she conceived throughout her career. Striking and dramatic, the choreographer's style is unmistakable and does not leave spectators unmoved.
For guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens, the month of June will provide an excellent opportunity to witness one of Bausch's powerful pieces at the Théâtre de la Ville. This theater is located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris at the Place du Châtelet, placing it in the center of the city, close to any one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens.
From June 11 until June 21, 2013, the theater will present one of Bausch's masterpieces: 'Kontakthof,' which was written in 1978. This piece shows how Bausch created a unique style of dance-theater combining movement and drama in a way that made her one of the most influential figures in contemporary dance. 'Kontakthof' is just one of over 40 pieces that Bausch created, but it is one of the richest and most remarkable.
The first time that Bausch presented the piece in the 1970s, she used dancers older than 65 and the last time she presented the piece, in 2008, she used adolescents who had never danced before. The versatility and agelessness of Bausch's works are therefore illustrated by 'Kontakthof,' which reveals the complex relations between males and females at a dance. This unique work therefore offers an extraordinary perspective of dance that should not be missed.