Never before performed in the UK, Pina Bausch’s early masterpiece is now being revived by her company after an absence from their repertoire of over 25 years.
On a stage covered with the crunch of autumnal leaves, a man compulsively plays and replays a tape recording of Béla Bartók’s short opera about Bluebeard and his relentlessly inquisitive wife, Judith.
In a new restaging led by Helena Pikon and Barbara Kaufmann, the original cast member Jan Minarik and Beatrice Libonati, the dancers return to this clashing world of men and women, taboos and transgressions.
This performance contains scenes that may be disturbing to some viewers
Set to Bartók’s opera, the bloody myth becomes a bleak battle of the sexes where we can never quite tell right from wrong
This blistering revival brims over with stellar performances and unforgettable tensions. It would be criminal to miss it
Pina Bausch’s first radical departure from conventional dance has lost none of its visceral power