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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Batsheva Dance Company

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Michael Popkin reviews Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at BAM and Batsheva Dance Company at the Joyce for danceviewtimes.

In Bausch's Vollmond (translates Full Moon) an eight foot square boulder straight out of Isamu Noguchi sat a the front of the stage and water was everywhere. The dancers wallowed in and crawled through a small river that ran across the stage (and under the rock)and scooped up, and tossed the water at Saturnalian moments; and meanwhile drenching rains fell periodically with a sense of epiphany. Both the sound of the rain and the way it caught the light were beautiful. Punctuating the water park effects were dance solos, small soliloquies by the dancers or vignettes. Dramatically - and given the look and costumes of the dancers - it was as if Fassbinder movie had been hit by a monsoon.

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