Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Pina Bausch Died Yesterday

Choreographer Pina Bausch had just premiered a new work barely two weeks ago.

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And the obits said she'd only been diagnosed within the week. Live fast.

She was brilliant. I got to watch her troupe workshop Le Sacre du Printemps — it was amazing.

mcbeachy (#548)

This one gets me more than all the other deaths this past week.

Shall never forget my first view of Cafe Mueller at BAM back in the 80s. And a few years later, my personal political battle with the wrongness of her piece set in 3-inch deep water on BAM's grand opera stage — during a drought, no less (wrong, my conscience told me), versus my respect for her ability to get whatever insane surface she wanted (wow, audacious! and she's a woman! my aspiring self said).

Yay for Pina!

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