When Pina Bausch embarked on her World Cities series in the ’80s, striking up temporary residencies in locales as far-flung as São Paulo and Santiago, she sought to capture the wrenching needs, desires and fears that unite people the world over. The dance theatre works created during these sprees are searching and seductive, mingling lust and passion with darker human instincts. Some relay literal imagery and music picked up during the company’s travels, while others revel in abstraction, foregrounding sentiments inspired by their stay but only occasionally reflecting a city’s particular history and ambiance.
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch perform "Viktor." Photograph by Klaus Dilger