The dance world was stunned when, in 2009, the German choreographer Pina Bausch passed away, leaving behind a legacy of work that has impressed audiences since the late 1960s. Her career brought her many admirers and it is likely that they will continue to relish in the world she left behind well into the future, with theatres around the world continuing to stage her work. Sadler’s Wells will be amongst them and later in 2010 it will be gearing up to present “Iphigenie auf Tauris” from Bausch’s company Tanztheater Wuppertal, giving London theatre audiences another chance to relish in her acclaimed work.
Iphigenie Auf Tauris is a Greek tragedy that was originally penned by the 18th century composer Christoph Willibald Gluck. It tells of a pair in the form of Orestes and Pylades who, Scythian custom dictates, must be slain after they are found shipwrecked. Meanwhile, troubled by terrible visions, Iphigenia must decide which one to keep alive to return news to Argos that she is alive and well after her magical transportation to the land. Orestes wants to die after recent actions of his and he is also the brother of Iphigenia, though she does not recognise him as such, something that could influence her decision. The show was considered a masterpiece in its time and amongst other works like “Orfeo ed Euridice” (his most popular), “Le Cinesi” and his opera comique “Les pèlerins de la Mecque ou La rencontre imprévue”, it is recognised as a worthy part of Willibad Gluck’s back catalogue.
Pina Bausch put together her first work back in 1968 and she soon became the Artistic Director of the Wuppertal Opera Ballet, which would eventually become the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. The company would go on to produce “Iphigenie Auf Tauris”, based on Christopher Willibld Gluck’s original, in 1974. Meanwhile the company would also put together shows such as “Masurca Fogo” and others.
So it is a good time to be dance fan in London, with Sadler’s Wells presenting “Iphigenie Auf Tauris” later in the year alongside other shows such as Rosas - The Song. The venue regularly hosts a range of high quality dance shows, alongside its sister venue the Peacock Theatre, and is likely to continue to do so well into the future.
Iphigenie Auf Tauris appears at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre from Wednesday 27th October 2010 to Sunday 31st October 2010.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 27th October 2010|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 31st October 2010|
|Evenings:||Wednesday,Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 7.30pm|
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