Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
New York, NY
October 24, 2014
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2014 by Martha Sherman
“Kontakthof” is laced with humor and humanity, but it is the dark side of human relationships that pack the more powerful punch in Pina Bausch’s classic dance hall masterwork. For the 30th anniversary of her troupe’s first appearance in New York City in 1984, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch came back to BAM, the only place the troupe performs in New York City. The Gilman Opera House stage was transformed into the social hall that is the setting for “Kontakhof,” the walls lined with straight-backed chairs around an unused and curtained stage. It was a familiar scene.
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in “Kontakthof.” Photo © Julieta Cervantes.