Tanztheater Wuppertal – Pina Bausch

The experience in Germany with Pina Bausch (1940-2009) and her dance-theatre has had such a deep effect on his path and his body.

On September 12th 2005, having just arrived in Germany and with the intention of continuing his studies in Essen, he attended the ensemble audition in Wuppertal to try his luck.

On October 17th, Pina organized a second selection phase. Then on the 22nd of October, Pina made her decision: she wanted him to work for the company from the next season.

It was not an easy start, and neither is this change, when is a change ever easy? But also a start leads to something, unknown and full of potential, a new beginning. After all these years of work, experience and immersion in Pina Bausch’s work, he is invaded by multiple emotions.

A nuanced and subtle mixture that intensifies and allows him to build this new path, independent, in which she will accompany him as a transcendent master.

In this stage that is born, old ties are strengthened, other relationships emerge, disappear, and are transformed. Thus, he learns, he moves away to see with distance, more objectively and from a better perspective the totality of this shift.

The new awaits, but the readiness and the surrender are still there. The gratitude for what he has experienced gives him strength. The pain and the frustration helps him to understand everything better.

‘I no longer intend to fly with broken wings. Now I’m going to swim, dive into deep water and find myself again.’

…By watching the dancers, by listening to their disembodied words, and by glimpsing the choreographer herself, the viewer participates in the intimacy of collective feeling that fluctuates from pleasure to pain and back again. One of the dancers, Pablo Aran Gimeno, explained that when he first came to Wuppertal, he felt a bit lost, but Pina told him simply, 'Dance for love.’ This simple bit of advice was obviously helpful, as the young dancer never forgot it.’
-Siri Hustvedt, ‘A woman looking at men looking at women. Essays on Art, Sex and the Mind’

Pau Aran