Café Müller / The Rite of Spring
Dance, Theatre 17 – 20 Mar
Discover why the great Pina Bausch (1940–2009) inspires such devotion when her legendary company comes to New Zealand for the first time.
Her work has the scale of grand opera and the dream-quality of Fellini's filmsThe Independent
Dancing for Your Life
Dance, Artist Talk 18 Mar
Meet members of the original Café Müller cast. Find out what it is like to dance with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, and to have worked with the late, great dance icon herself.
Le Grand Continental®
Spectacular, Dance 26 Feb
A 30-minute dance spectacular performed by 150 volunteers aged between 10 and 75. Afterward, the crowd will be asked to join in for a giant freestyle dance party.
Dancing Dreams: In the Footsteps of Pina Bausch
Film, Dance 28 Feb
A delightful study of amateurs giving their all, this documentary follows 40 students from high schools across Wuppertal as they prepare for a public performance of a Pina Bausch dance work.
Complexity of Belonging
Dance, Theatre 11 – 13 Mar
A daring and darkly humorous exploration of identity in the age of social media from two of dance and theatre’s most unflinching makers.
dance, CIRQUE, Theatre, Spectacular 02 – 07 Mar
Enter the world
of a surrealist painting, with a heady mix of spectacular acrobatics, theatre, dance
and music performed against the monumental Salvador Dalí backdrop that sparked this
dance, Theatre 01 – 06 Mar
This highly inventive show takes the old playground game of making chalk outlines and turns it into a look at how we fill in the outlines of each other’s identities.
The Kiss Inside
Dance 04 – 05 Mar
Douglas Wright has dug deeply into the human psyche and returned with a visual poem full of provocative images and exquisite movement — all to a soundtrack combining classical Sufi music, Patti Smith and JS Bach.
Talk to Her
Film, Dance 13 Mar
Pina Bausch appears as herself performing in Café Müller in Pedro Almodóvar’s typically unrestrained comedy-drama of obsession, moral jeopardy and sexual transgression.
And the Ship Sails On
Film, Dance 06 Mar
Pina Bausch plays one of the passengers on a luxury liner shortly before WWI. From its bravura opening, in which sepia-tinted silent movie footage slowly acquires colour and sound, the film is a tour de force.