In the Zone

Tanztheater Wuppertal in Kontakthof. Photo: Laurent Phillippe
Tanztheater Wuppertal in Kontakthof. Photo: Laurent Phillippe

Pina Bausch’s Kontakthof comes to BAM this week. It’s five years since Bausch’s death, and the company soldiers on. The piece is about love—what Pina Bausch work isn’t?—and the lengths to which we are willing to go to get it. Humiliation, tenderness, brutality, flirtation: all this is part of Bausch’s amorous vocabulary. This battle takes place in a dance-hall, the kontakthof, or “contact zone.”

You can read a little introduction to Kontakthof I wrote for BAM here.