Cause it’s never too late to dance Pina Bausch.
Culture Maison | How to maintain a living artistic heritage that is deliberately turned towards the future? This is what Aude Lavigne, producer of Les Carnets de la création, explains, taking The NELKEN-Line, from the Pina Bausch Foundation, as an example.
In an interview given to Philippe Noisette for Paris Match in June 2014, Salomon Bosch, son of the choreographer, explained the challenge that the Pina Bausch Foundation, created on August 3, 2009, a few weeks after the death of the lady from Wuppertal: “Dance is ephemeral, we must look for other strategies for the future, find other possibilities to allow new generations to have access to it”.
Among the various projects implemented by the foundation, the NELKEN-Line, launched in 2017, contributes greatly to the popularisation of Pina Bausch’s works by bringing together thousands of dance lovers from all over the world. The principle is simple: to learn, thanks to a tutorial, a sequence of Nelken, a piece composed in 1982, then to propose this dance during a public stroll, to film oneself and submit one’s video to the foundation. Everyone is welcome here to join the most famous “line” of Pina Bausch’s pieces, the dance does not require expensive equipment, so you can opt for second-hand equipment. In France, Ireland, Chile, Spain, amateurs of all ages and levels have responded to the Foundation’s call: “You too, come and join us to move the project forward”.
The dancer Julie Anne Stanzak, historical performer of the Tanztheater Wuppertal since 1986, leads the tutorial Learn The NELKEN-Line, a 10-minute video, in which she describes and dances the four movements in English, corresponding to the four seasons, starting with spring.
Each season has its own clear and memorable gestures, with words that evoke nature: grass, sun, leaves, trees.a priori the movements seem within everyone’s reach, but the real challenge lies in the details and clarity of the gesture.the choreographer was fond of this form of “procession” that sometimes spread to the audience.from the dancers to the audience, the farandole continues in the diversity of the whole society.
The art of training a goldfish
Nelken, meaning Carnations, is one of Pina Bausch’s masterpieces, a piece for 25 dancers and 4 stuntmen, which premiered in 1982 in Wuppertal, where the company has lived and worked since its beginnings.Thousands of pink carnations cover the stage, a playground for the dancers but also the floor where two wolf dogs on a leash roam, small scenes and danced sequences alternate, from singular to plural, from intimate to collective, the world of Pina Bausch between slapping and caressing.Norbert Servos’ most explicit title, which sums up the sharpness and tension of the choreographer’s work, is that of the ambitious monograph that he published in 2001 with l’Arche: Pina Bausch ou l’art de dresser un poisson rouge (Pina Bausch or the art of training a goldfish). The art of training a goldfish is a powerful image that expresses the precision of the gestures, but also their constant ambivalence.