Pina Bausch

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Birthday
27, 1940
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jun 30, 2009 (68)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
27, 1940
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jun 30, 2009 (68)

About

Famous as the founder of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch modern dance company, this twentieth-century dancer and choreographer was the recipient of numerous honors, including the Kyoto Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award, and the Europe Theatre Prize. Her best known works of dance theater include Blaubart, Nelken, and Two Cigarettes in the Dark.

Before Fame

In her mid teens, she began training at the Folkwang University of the Arts in her native Germany. She later attended New York's Juilliard School and went on to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company.

Trivia

In the early 1980s, she appeared in the Federico Fellini film And the Ship Sails On.

Family Life

Her marriage to Dutch costume and set designer Rolf Borzik ended with his 1980 death from cancer. The following year, she and Ronald Kay welcomed a son named Ralf-Salomon.

Associated With

Her unique choreographic style inspired David Bowie to infuse his late 1980s Glass Spider Tour with elements of modern dance, theater, and symbolism.