‘Nelken has lost none of its power’ - The Guardian


Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

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It’s regarded as one of her most beautiful works. Premiered in 1982, Pina Bausch’ Nelken (carnations) has never been out of repertoire since. After an absence of five years, Bausch’ Tanztheater Wuppertal are back in the Netherlands, performing this timeless classic by their former artistic leader, who passed away in 2009. Nelken is a world in itself. If you’ve seen it, you’ll never forget the famous set design by Bausch’ scenographer Peter Pabst. Thousands of carnations which seem to grow from the stage – and the dancers roaming through them, traversing Bausch’ eternal battlefields of love.


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