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closed Pina Bausch. Ensembles

The show

The homage that the Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Campania Foundation of Fe s tival are dedicating to the icon of contemporary dance Pina Bausch, ten years after her death, continues. A project in chapters that has already seen the performance Moving with Pina staged at the Madre , by and with Cristiana Morganti, and which ends with Ensembles , a video installation on Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater, curated by the Pina Bausch Foundation. Presented by the Donnaregina Foundation as part of "Piazza Madre" and by the Campania Festival Foundation as part of the 2019/20 edition of "Quartieri di vita", the video installation will be accompanied by a mini-workshop program by and with Marigia Maggipinto , created with the support of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Berlin and the Goethe Institut of Naples.

Ensembles is a composition of video and music projections created by Ismaël Dia, director of the Pina Bausch Archives, and by Matthias Burkert, the artist's longtime workmate and choreographer. First exhibited at the Pina Bausch und das Tanztheater exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn in 2016, the installation highlights the fundamental importance of direct shooting in Bausch's work, an essential part of his creative process from the very beginning. Among the “directors” Rolf Borzik, Herbert Rach, Detlef Erler, Jérôme Cassou, Grigori Chakhov.

Ensembles focuses mainly on the dancers who joined Pina Bausch in her years at the Tanztheater Wuppertal, fundamental in the choreographic process of the “great mother” of European dance theater. The installation brings to light extracts from the rich collection of video materials preserved in the Pina Bausch Archives, which give us an idea of the original language of this great innovator, punctuated by the wide repertoire of 46 works that Bausch has created with her company . Bausch asks his “dancers” (dancers-actors) to dance but also to participate in the creation of the work, recording and recording feelings and emotions, characteristic of his stylistic code. Recipient of numerous awards as a choreographer and dancer, Bausch was also loved by the greatest film directors such as Federico Fellini, Pedro Almodòvar and Wim Wenders, who in 2011 dedicated the documentary Pina to her, in which some of her famous performances are proposed in 3D version. "Pina's work was in 3D long before it was in the film", said Barbara Kaufmann, and it is for this reason that the three-dimensional intensity of her poetics fits perfectly with the openness to all contemporary languages that characterizes a museum like the Mother.

The choreographer and dancer Marigia Maggipinto comes from the Tanztheater Wuppertal who, between 20 December 2019 and 5 January 2020, will hold a cycle of workshops lasting thirty minutes each, dedicated to all dance lovers with all levels of preparation. or without previous experience, which will propose a mix of different techniques, traditions and physical practices. Participants will be able to deal with a wide variety of dance-related practices to approach directly, and will have the opportunity to learn short extracts of Bausch's choreography, taken from shows such as Nelken or Kontakthof. As Maggipinto states, the mini-workshop program transforms the visit to the museum into a "three-dimensional experience", physical and emotional, during which the public not only watches and listens but experiences the artist's choreography first hand.

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Via Settembrini (Palazzo Donnaregina) , 79
80139 Naples


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