Pina Bausch’s Aggressive Tenderness: Repurposing Theater through Dance maps Bausch’s pieces alongside methodologies of key theater and film practitioners.
This book includes discussion of a variety of Bausch pieces, including Sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring 1975), Kontakthof (Meeting Place 1978), Café Müller (Café Mueller 1978), Nelken (Carnations 1982), Arien (Arias 1985), and Vollmond (Full Moon 2006). Beginning with her approach as one avenue of dance dramaturgy, the author connects the content expressed in these pieces with theoretical conversations, works from other artists inspired by Bausch, and her own experiences, providing an examination that is both academic and personally insightful. Arendell reads all of these theatrical and film approaches into Bausch’s work to highlight how the time frame involves a cross-pollination between Bausch and the other artists that looks both backward and forward in its influences.
Ideal for students of dance and theater, Pina Bausch’s Aggressive Tenderness shows how Bausch’s Tanztheater speaks a kinaesthetic language, one that Arendell translates into a somaesthetic exploration to pair a repurposed body ethic with movements that present new forms of embodiment.
Table of Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION: TELL ME A STORY 1. DANCE DRAMATURGY POEM #1 Storytelling 2. MONTAGE POEM #2 The Head Biting the Tail 3. ALIENATION POEM #3 Madhatter’s Refusal 4. POOR DANCE THEATER POEM #4 Wasteful Wanting 5. DANCE THEATER OF CRUELTY POEM #5 Shadowing 6. DRAMATURGY FOR EMPTY SPACES POEM #6 Giving Voice to Motion 7. VIEWPOINTS AS A POINT OF VIEW POEM #7 Signs Gestured 8. EXTENDED MOMENTS IN REPETITION POEM #8 Parting Company 9. DANCE, DANCE, OTHERWISE WE ARE LOST POEM #9 Truer Subtexts 10. FROM JOOSS TO BAUSCH AND BEYOND: WHAT GESTURE FORGIVES POEM #10 Ballet Slippers Gone Rogue APPENDIX A: INTERVIEW WITH BAUSCH DANCER JULIE FLANNIGAN APPENDIX B: INTERVIEW WITH BAUSCH DANCER and REHEARSAL DIRECTOR DAPHNIS KOKKINOS WORKS CITED INDEX
Telory D. Arendell, PhD, is Associate Professor at Missouri State University, USA. She has published three books: Dance’s Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures (2016); The Autistic Stage: How Cognitive Disability Changed 20th-Century Performance (2015); and Performing Disability: Staging the Actual (2009).