in collaboration with TTB - Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo

From 7 to 17 june
Chiostro del Carmine - Città Alta Bergamo


07/06:  8€ (buffet dinner included)

17/06: 6€



“Pina Bausch as seen by Maarten Vanden Abeele”
Photographic exhibition curated by Sonia Schoonejans
From 1990 to 2000 the Flemish photographer and film director Maarten Vanden Abeele  followed the works of Pina Bausch, snapping hundreds of photos from which an exhibition has been drawn, originally set up at the Cordelier's Convent in Paris, which pays homage to the dramatic strength of the choreographer who died in 2009. The most significant of the images to be shown have been chosen by Pina Bausch herself and by the curator of the show, Sonia Schoonejans, director, writer and dance critic. The show brings together several black and white images in different formats which depict the peak moments of some of Pina's major works, among which “The rites of spring” and “Nelken”.



“A century of Dance. Homage to Pina”
A Documentary Show by Sonia Schoonejanes and Artemis Danza
Choreography Monica Casadei

A century of dance follows the dance events with a plunge into central Europe in the early 1900s, offering a journey through al the forms of artistic expressionism, from dance through visual arts to cinema, without leaving out reference to the philosophic and psychological currents of the time.
The documentary goes on to follow the affairs of German dance artists, with specific detailed analysis of the works of the Tanz Theater's most symbolic choreographer: Pina Bausch. From her training in Germany and America up to the foundation of the Wuppertal company, Pina's overall conception of Art, working method and masterpieces (such as “Cafè Muller”, “Blaubart”, “Kontakthof”, “Viktor”) take the lead in the compelling and instructive narrative film, in which are included interviews with her major interpreters.
The film images are brought to life and interlaced with the live action of a dancer, the main figure of performance incursions which stylistically, musically and figuratively pick up the episodes of the film. During a still shot, lasting a handful of minutes, some lightning dance actions are performed with both continuity and creative rupture between the historical frames of some symbolic works of expressive dance.


WITH Francesca Pedroni

In twentieth century art there is a “before” and an “after” Pina Bausch. Born in Soligen, Germany, on July 27th 1940, and passed away at Wuppertal on June 30th 2009, Pina Bausch has left a repertoire of formidable works and an experience on the creative process that has revolutionised the world scene.
To think about the repertoire of “pieces”created by Bausch with her Tanztheater Wuppertal from 1973 to 2009, following her training in Germany under Kurt Joose and in America, means retracing the adventure of an artist who has given, with her “dance theatre”, an unmistakeable face to the coming together of dance, theatre and the other arts, while at the same time placing again the accent on a great choreographer, maestro in the study of details and the organisation of the movements necessary to the expression of the individual and the collective. Bausch has given new meaning to the idea of performer, who becomes with her dancer-coauthor; has brought to light in a multiplicity of solutions the fertile relationship between dance, every-day gestures, choreography, music, scenery; has unhinged the relationship between real life and scenic fiction.
Nine years since her demise, the Wuppertal Tanztheater continues to put on her repertoire, but is also now open to new interpretations of her story, as are many of her dancers who have now become authors and choreographers (just think of the fruitful career of the Italian Cristina Morganti). An encounter, with the help of historic films from the Cro-Me archive in Milan and extracts from the programmes dedicated to her on Sky Classic HD (channel 138), on the reach of the legacy in movement of an unforgettable artist.


Autour de Pina Bausch – Tanztheater Wuppertal,

curated by Francesca Pedroni (conception and interviews) and Maria Mauti (direction), photos Alessandra Zucconi, Classica tv (Sky channel 138), Italy, 2007, 49

In 2007 the Italian channel Classica (broadcast on Sky, channel 138) dedicated a documentary to Pina Bausch, About Pina Bausch - Tanztheater Wuppertal, a documentary in the “Danza in scena” series comprising to date more than 60 works on Dance of which Francesca Pedroni has been the author from the start, and producer since 2011.
The documentary examines two exemplary works, diametrically opposite in the relation between dance and theatre: Agua, a piece from 2001, bursting with nature and colours dedicated to Brazil and staged at the Fenice di Venezia in 2007, in which dance is prevalent; and a re-staging at the Paris Théâtre de Ville of Bandoneon, a lament on tango staged in 1980, in which the relationship with dance is the dramatic crux.
It is all about dance, but with very little actual dance. Bandoneon is a key work of the same Tanztheater bauschian concept where the codes put on stage intertwine and contaminate each other strongly.  Agua, on the other hand, represents a total return to dance. The documentary is developed around these events, with excerpts from the shows, interviews with some of Bausch's historical dancers like Dominique Mercy, Aida Vainieri  and Cristiana Morganti, and clips from the public meeting held in Vienna by Bausch herself when she received the Leone d'Oro for her career. at the Biennial that year.



Artemis Danza Company
Choreography by Monica Casadei
First National Repetition

Along with the Company's repertoire of shows, the Artemis Danza's performers felt the need to face up to the lesson of Pina Bausch, a great icon of Contemporary Dance, whose choreography sprang from her drive to probe the depth of the human soul, constantly measuring themselves against the urgency of the gesture and its meaning.
The outcome of this research, carried out under the guidance of Monica Casadei, is a multifaceted mosaic made of five intense solos, interlinked by the thread of the search for a personal and intimate creative expressivity.

Followed by drinks with the artists.



Summer Dance Festival has decided to answer the Pina Bausch Foundation's appeal ““Join! The Nelken – Line”, engaging schools and local dance and theatre companies, as well as simple spectators and dance buffs, in recreating Pina Bausch's famous “walk” through the streets of the town. The Festival, supported by various partners, will hand out the tutorial video released by Pina Bausch Foundation in which Julie Anne Stanzak teaches the brief choreography. Then from the Carmine Cloister in Upper Bergamo  our “Nelken-line” will set out, and proceed through the streets of the historic centre of Upper Bergamo and its Venetian Walls, which Unesco in 2017 declared Heritage of Humanity. A video will be mede of this parade that will be sent to the Pina Bausch Foundation, to be published together with the others already on their website and broadcast on social.

To take part in the Nelken-line, write to before Friday the 1th of June.