1980 is set in a limbo, on grass-covered turf that is watered during the three and a half hours 'piece', less dance than absurdist revue. Music and costumes evoke the past, as if the performers are channelling their parents' or even grandparents' behaviour as well as their own youth. A few cast members were in the original production, some 30 years ago, including the present director, Dominique Mercy; others, like his daughter, are too young to have worked with her. The mix of ages and nationalities is typical of Bausch's preference for a company that reflects a range of experience. All are trained dancers (with rare exceptions), though in 1980 you won't see any dance-as-such until about three hours in. But only dancers could run on grass in high heels and parade elegantly through the audience without missing a beat.
|What||Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Acton Town (underground)|
07 Feb 14 – 16 Feb 14, 7.30pm
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells|