“Café Müller”, “The Rite of Spring”
Wuppertal Dance Theatre
Sadler's Wells Theatre
February 12 – 22, 2008
by John Percival
copyright 2008 by John Percival
Hardly anybody seems to remember London's first sight of Pina Bausch's choreography, danced at the Round House by some of her pupils from the Folkwang Dance Studio, Essen, where she became director on Kurt Jooss's retirement in the late 1960s. I think it might have been on Horst Koegler's recommendation that I made a point of catching the performance; it was certainly thanks to him (my contemporary, friend and colleague, then living in nearby Cologne and with a spare room) that I saw her Tanztheater Wuppertal from its quite early days. And I have been watching her work in Wuppertal and elsewhere ever since, as often as possible. So the two ballets from quite a time ago which she brought for her latest visit to Sadler's Wells, although both new to London, were both familiar to me on stage and film – and none the less welcome for that.