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Café Müller and The Rite of Spring
September 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm| Tickets starts at $30
Café Müller is an intimate, autobiographical work for six dancers set in a café that resembles the restaurant that Bausch’s parents owned when she was a child. In this repetitious and dream-like work, the main character (historically performed by Bausch) stumbles through the café with closed eyes, while the other characters scramble to keep her from falling into chairs and tables. Extracts of the work were highlighted by Pedro Almódovar in his 2002 film Talk to Her; the director is one of many artists across different mediums—from film to fashion—who have drawn inspiration from Bausch throughout their career, perhaps most notably Wim Wenders with his 2011 documentary, Pina.
The Rite of Spring is Bausch’s interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s iconic composition. Considered by many critics to be among the best versions of The Rite ever made, after Nijinsky’s original dance work, Bausch’s version takes place on a stage covered in sodden dirt and maintains the primal and sexually-charged nature of the original 1913 work. Of its 2008 London revival, The Guardian wrote: “Some 32 dancers confront each other in thudding convulsive groups, ranked across a sexual divide.
Sep 14—16, 19, 20, 22, and 23 at 7:30pm; Sep 17 & 24 at 3pm