Bausch's legacy blossoms as emotions unfold on stage

Stage Feb 22, 2017

Bausch's legacy blossoms as emotions unfold on stage

by Kris Kosaka

When the curtain opens on a stage blanketed in silk flowers, a beginner might think "Nelken" ("Carnations") by Pina Bausch was about to offer some sweetly whimsical vision of poetry in three dimensions. That, however, would be to ignore dark underlying themes of power ...

'Soma' project dances over divides

Stage Aug 25, 2015

'Soma' project dances over divides

by Nobuko Tanaka

If you took a handful of aspiring Japanese contemporary dancers and blended them with a few members of Tanztheater Wuppertal — the world-famous German troupe formed in 1973 by the modern dance icon Pina Bausch (1940-2009) — what kinds of artistic chemistry would you ...

Genders revel in Bausch's iconic 'Kontakthof'

Stage Mar 19, 2014

Genders revel in Bausch's iconic 'Kontakthof'

by Kris Kosaka

To watch "Kontakthof," Pina Bausch's masterpiece of dance theater, is to be like a voyeur peering from behind a one-way mirror into the everyday battlefield of male-female interaction. The dancers, too, seem to treat the audience as a mirror, slicking back hair, adjusting bra straps, ...

The Onodera enigma

Stage Jan 22, 2014

The Onodera enigma

by Natsume Date

The name of the late great Pina Bausch's acclaimed Tanztheater in the German city of Wuppertal may translate as "Dancetheater," but its works often owe more to abstract emotional action and snatched dialogue than to dance. Over in London, meanwhile, Simon McBurney's Complicite company ...

Editorials Sep 15, 2009

Rescuing the unemployed

The Democratic Party of Japan-led administration, to be launched shortly, should do whatever it can to improve the employment situation, as both regular and irregular workers are suffering. Government efforts would help put the Japanese economy on a path to recovery. In July, Japan's unemployment ...