Beginning December 11th, BAM presents the US premiere of Bamboo Blues, a recent work by German choreographer Pina Bausch for her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal. The piece is a tribute to India – a country that has fascinated Bausch for years. She and Tanztheater Wuppertal have not only performed there, but also conducted formal research in November 2006, which served as the creative foundation of Bamboo Blues. The score includes contemporary Indian music along with music from 4Hero, Alice Coltrane, and Michael Gordon, among others.
I first saw Tanztheater Wuppertal in 2004, when they performed Bausch’s For the Children of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow at BAM. The piece was captivating and touching as it explored childhood memories while examining issues such as the loss of innocence, the need for love, and the process of aging. In a NY Times review of For the Children, Anna Kisselgoff wrote, “Ms. Bausch is not a style: each of her works is a different chapter in her continuing story of the human experience.” I’m looking forward to discovering what Bamboo Blues contributes to Bausch’s book of human stories.
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
December 11-13, 16, 17, 19 & 20 at 7:30 PM, Dec 14 at 3 PM
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Order tickets online or call 718-636-4100.