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Performed by: 2nd and 3rd Year Dance students with LINK Dance Company

Pina Bausch is one of the most important choreographers of the 20th century.

In an international first, the Minderoo Foundation supports the remount of Pina Bausch’s Tannhäuser Bacchanal*. Danced by WAAPA students with LINK Dance Company, this is the first time Tannhäuser Bacchanal will be performed outside of Germany and the first-ever performance of Pina Bausch's work in Perth. Widely considered to be the precursor to Bausch's famous The Rite of Spring, Tannhäuser Bacchanal will be taught by leading artist-in-residence Barbara Kaufmann supported by Marigia Maggipinto, both long-standing members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. The Minderoo Foundation is proud to partner with WAAPA to bring these world-class arts practitioners to Perth as part of the Visiting Artist program.

Pina Bausch - Tannhäuser Bacchanal

Icon celebrates the enormous influence of German choreographer Pina Bausch on generations of dance makers and performers around the world. WAAPA is delighted to welcome two artists from Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal to remount Bausch’s Tannhäuser Bacchanal, in which 23 dancers perform to Wagner’s romantic, restless music.

*Tannhäuser Bacchanal is remounted with kind permission and support from the Pina Bausch Foundation/Wuppertal.

Meryl Tankard - Chants de Mariage

Meryl Tankard is one of Australia’s finest contemporary dancers and an international artist in her own right. Tankard, a former Pina Bausch company member from 1978 to 1984, will remount her Chants de Mariage with assistance from award-winning local choreographer Paige Gordon. This 1991 work for an all-female cast is a dialogue about ritual, secrets, deception and sacred vows.

Michael Whaites - Things That Remain

Michael Whaites, artistic director of LINK Dance Company and a former company member of Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, will remount Things That Remain. Whaites created this nostalgic, gentle and beautiful remembrance in 2009 soon after Pina Bausch’s passing.


Performance Details

Performance dates

22nd Oct 7:30pm 23rd Oct 2:00pm 23rd Oct 7:30pm 25th Oct 7:30pm 26th Oct 7:30pm 27th Oct 7:30pm 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 28th Oct 7:30pm

Ticketing information

$35 - Full
$30 - Concession
$28 - Friends

Bookings open

7th Sep 12:00am - Friends
14th Sep 12:00am - Public

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