Pina Bausch

Sweet Mambo

3-6 NOV 2016
Main Stage
2 hours and 20 minutes (with intermission)
Men and women, yearning and fear, desires and stories. There is a place for everything in the absurd and tender universe of Pina Bausch. The penultimate work of the legendary choreographer is presented at OCC’s Main Stage.
Early Bird tickets are sold out.
Full price: 25-35-40-45-48-50 €
Reduced, Friends & Small groups (5-9 people): 20-28-32-36-38-40 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 25-28-32-34-35 €
People with disabilities: 5 € - Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €
Pina Bausch, the grand dame of German dance-theatre, may no longer be with us, but her works continue to take us to worlds in which we can all recognize ourselves. Characterized by critics as poetic, timeless, elegant, and eloquent, the penultimate work (2008) of this legendary choreographer broke the boundaries between theatre and dance, becoming a catalyst for the course of European dance.

In Sweet Mambo, six women and three men appear and disappear in an evocative landscape consisting of an infinite forest of ethereal fabric. They communicate through desire and fear, laughter and pain, loneliness and tenderness. In Bausch’s universe, linear narrative is superfluous: questions are more important than answers. Everything is possible and everything co-exists in what is a collage of human experiences. It is an absurd and tender universe, violent as well as melancholic: small everyday stories, a brief confession, an invisible gesture, a joyous laughter, a drowned sigh. In her absence, the great choreographer gives us a wink, urging us to explore and embrace the complexity of our existence.


A production by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
Director and Choreographer: Pina Bausch
Set Design: Peter Pabst
Costume Design: Marion Cito
Musical Collaboration: Matthias Burkert, Andreas Eisenschneider
Collaboration: Marion Cito, Thusnelda Mercy, Robert Sturm
Rehearsal Directors Restaging: Azusa Seyama, Robert Sturm

Dancers: Regina Advento, Andrey Berezin, Daphnis Kokkinos, Breanna O‘Mara, Nazareth Panadero, Helena Pikon, Julie Shanahan, Julie Anne Stanzak, Michael Strecker, Aida Vainieri

Music: Barry Adamson, Mina Agossi, Rene Aubry, Mari Boine, Lisa Ekdahl, Brian Eno, Mecca Bodega, Jun Miyake, Hazmat Modine, Lucky Pierre, Portishead, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hope Sandoval, Gustavo Santaolalla, Trygve Seim, Nina Simone, lan Simmonds, Tom Waits
Premiere: 30 May 2008, Schauspielhaus, Wuppertal

Performance Rights: Verlag der Autoren, Frankfurt a.M. representing Pina Bausch Foundation, Wuppertal

Intendant and Artistic Director Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch from May 2017: Adolphe Binder
General Director Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch:  Dirk Hesse

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Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October

Two-day workshop by Rainer Behr, member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Saturday 5 November
After performance talk with the participants
Chaired by Nina Alcalay, dance theorist

29 - 30 Oct 2016

30 € (for both days)


Two-day workshop by Rainer Behr, member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

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