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Sun, Jul. 5th, 2009 01:46 pm
The death of Pina Bausch

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jermynsavile
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Sun, Jul. 5th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)

Spent a week in Amsterdam at an arts festival and bought tickets for Bausch out of curiosity more than anything else. No great expectations. Turned out to be one of the highlights of the week. After years of always faintly disappointing Ballet Rambert and Michael Clark she made me see the possibilities of modern dance with new eyes.

Michael Jackson seemed astonishing at the time most of us first saw him - 70s/early 80s - but he sadly never seemed to develop, the same limited range of moves being trotted out again and again, none of them particularly original, it turns out, but put together in a new and compelling way. His death does register, but more for potential unrealised than talent lost. However, that doesn't diminish the impact he had when he started. A one trick pony can still amaze, just as long as it's a very good trick.


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