Activity: Academic talk or presentation types › Invited talk
By the mid-1980s, Pina Bausch had gained international recognition for her radical revision of contemporary choreography. Yet her company's first visit to the United States brought not critical acclaim but garnered poor reviews for the dark and despairing content of the works shown. These complex pieces are emblematic of a difficult period in Bausch’s career, a phase in which her dance theatre demonstrates parallels with Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty. Both rely upon spectacle, shock, and the inversion of traditional theatrical frameworks but, significantly, Bausch and Artaud’s respective approaches also emerge from the aftermath of global conflict and destruction.