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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Palermo Palermo

April 24–26, 2020



A towering wall crashes to rubble on the stage. Dancers make their way through the remains of a crumbling city in stiletto high heels. Six pianists hammer out Tchaikovsky on upright pianos while men and women exploit and are exploited. In Palermo Palermo, the late Pina Bausch's 1989 work, the acclaimed dance-theater pioneer observed—through a series of vignettes by turns somber and surreal—the daily rituals of a people capable of both resonant beauty and chilling brutality. Bausch’s towering Tanztheater Wuppertal, which first appeared at Cal Performances in the US premiere of her Nur Du (Only You) in 1996, returns to Berkeley for the first time since 2011.

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Pictured: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performs Palermo Palermo Friday–Sunday, April 24–26, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
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Pictured: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performs Palermo Palermo Friday–Sunday, April 24–26, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
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Pictured: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performs Palermo Palermo Friday–Sunday, April 24–26, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
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Pictured: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performs Palermo Palermo Friday–Sunday, April 24–26, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
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