Germany // Dance  


Choreographed by Pina Bausch

June 11 – 14, 2014


Marking the 40th anniversary of choreographer Pina Bausch’s legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal, ​Kontakthof (translation: "courtyard of contact") is the crowning achievement of her too-brief career.

A dance of life, a profound and moving look at what it means to be human.

Any discussion of the 20th century's most influential choreographers must place Germany's Pina Bausch in the illustrious ranks of George Balanchine, Katherine Dunham, Martha Graham and Jerome Robbins. Bausch forever altered perceptions of contemporary choreography with her landmark fusing of theatrical and dance elements to create "Tanztheater". Her frequently controversial, invariably poetic blending of dancers with everyday elements focused particularly on the diurnal "dance" that is male-female relations.

First staged in 1978, Kontakthof has earned global praise as a masterful examination of the eternal battle of the sexes; wherein whatever harmony is achieved is ultimately scuttled because male and female forces are inevitably opposed. The setting is a drab dance hall (brilliantly designed by the late Rolf Borzik), as separated groups of women and men slowly interact. The need, and quest, for not just intimacy but love ignites a spectrum of actions and reactions, sometimes angrily, often comically, always brilliantly.
Produced by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in association with Luminato Festival


“A major coup”
– The Globe and Mail
“The work is brilliant, and its maker, even more so.”
– The Dance Current

Creative Team

Pina Bausch (1940—2009) received her dance training at the Folkwang School in Essen under Kurt Jooss, where she achieved technical excellence. Soon after the director of Wuppertal’s theatres, Arno Wüstenhöfer, engaged her as choreographer, from autumn 1973, she renamed the ensemble the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Under this name, although controversial at the beginning, the company gradually achieved international recognition. Its combination of poetic and everyday elements influenced the international development of dance decisively. Awarded some of the greatest prizes and honours world-wide, Pina Bausch is one of the most significant choreographers of our time.

Pina Bausch. Photo by Wilfried Krüger. 

Pina Bausch

Peter Pabst and Rolf Borzik

Marion Cito and Rolf Borzik

Matthias Burkert and Andreas Eisenschneider