Pina Bausch

A dancer, who wanted to show what makes her move 

Pina Bausch, who sought to break down the traditional boundaries between theatrical forms by melding movement, environment, fragmented narrative, and sound, was one of the most innovative performers in European theatre in the 1980s. The German choreographer revolutionized dance theater by combining dance, theater, emotions, language and song. Her creed was, "I don't want to move like a dancer, I want to show what moves."  She was born in Solingen as Philippine Bausch. In New York, as a student at the Juilliard School, she became acquainted with American modern dance techniques and then became a member of the Metropolitan Ballet. Returning home, she worked with Kurt Joss, considered one of the founders of German expressionist dance in the 1960s. Bausch founded the Tanztheater Wuppertal within the Wuppertal Theater in 1973, and has spent more than three decades leading the world-famous ensemble. When selecting the members of the company, she also looked for a dancer and a personality because she sought to create a total performing arts. In her choreographies, she was most preoccupied with the male-female relationship, and his works combining dance and theater included singing, speech, pantomime, and everyday scenes. Her dancers spoke along the stage in addition to the movement and always tried to speak the language of the country where they performed.