THE ESSENTIAL BODY: Pina Bausch art director of a new Poetic of corporeality

The abstract from my Paper for the conference in Barcelona.

The International Conference Challenging Corporealities, organized by the AASD Research Group – Art, Architecture and Digital Societat – of the Universitat de Barcelona in the framework of the research project subsidized by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness “Art, Architecture and New Materialism” will be the 9 and the 10 November 2017, at the Faculty of Geography and History.

I will be there with my paper which examines the role of the poetic intents, strictly connected to the corporeal language, in the contemporary performances of the Tanztheatre Wuppertal Company.


Pina Bausch art director of a new poetic of corporeality

If every body holds inside an ancient memory, the dancer’s one has the capacity to evoke this memory deliberately. It just needs someone able to tell a story: this is the main ability of Pina Bausch.

During her journey in the contemporary dance, she walks deeper and deeper towards the essential: the academic form of classic dance is gradually stripped and it sheds its fake smile with all its trappings. In the end, nothing remains but the dancer’s body; through this body – phenomenological statement of beauty and truth – the poetic lines of Bausch’s research can develop. This poetic is fully oriented around the purity of the gesture, released from masks and judgments; but, at the same time, every movement is ‘objective’, thanks to the formal research, the deconstruction, and the improvisation technique. The bodies of the Tanztheatre tell a universal story, not at all pathetic, but absolutely moving.

To address these issues, I will focus on Die Klage der Kaiserin (The plaint of the empress): the only film directed by Pina Bausch: released in the late Eighties, it has shot with her company, the Tanztheater Wuppertal. This movie was shot especially outdoor: we can see the wood and the countryside, the suburbs and the city. All these natural elements live in the story thanks to the dancers’ body; in fact the creative purpose depends on the poetic of the performers’ artistic role, displaced out of the theatre: the dancers go to Wuppertal, the place where they work every day in order to invest the city with their poetic and their scenic characters.

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