There is never a dull moment in Palermo Palermo.
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 masterpiece, 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 extraordinary Nur Du (Only You) in 1996, makes its highly anticipated return to Berkeley after an eight-year hiatus, and the company's dancers are as convincing and committed as ever: "Every single one of them is magnificent, and wonderfully alive" (Critical Dance).
Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.