Bluebeard. While Listening to a Tape Recording of Bela Bartok’s Opera ‘Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.'

Bluebeard. While Listening to a Tape Recording of Bela Bartok’s Opera ‘Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.'

Sadler's Wells · 12 FEB - 15 FEB

Presented by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

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6 February 2020  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“It’s over 40 years since Pina Bausch’s ground-breaking production, suffused in both tenderness and violence, first premiered. It’s no straightforward retelling of the Bluebeard story but rather a series of fragmented images that explores the relationships between men and women in a way that is typically brutal and unexpectedly beautiful. Bausch was a pioneer, declaring what might then have seemed a heresy in the traditional dance world: “I am not interested in how people move, but in what moves them.” This is a chance to see a legendary work in a new restaging from an artist whose influence on contemporary theatre is unparalleled.”


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

Critic reviews

Set to Bartók’s opera, the bloody myth becomes a bleak battle of the sexes where we can never quite tell right from wrong

The Guardian

This blistering revival brims over with stellar performances and unforgettable tensions. It would be criminal to miss it

Broadway World

Pina Bausch’s first radical departure from conventional dance has lost none of its visceral power

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 12 Feb - Sat 15 Feb, 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 50 mins


Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R London, UK · Get Directions

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