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The Only Dance Performance You Need to See This Fall

Even if you don't have the slightest interest in dance, you'll fall passionately in love with the work of the late German choreographer Pina Bausch. With her company, the Tanztheater Wuppertal, she transformed the face of her discipline by introducing elements of theater and performance art—not to mention volcanic human emotions, often through male-female on-stage interactions that could be both tender and violent.

In 2009, she died of lung cancer, just five days after her illness was diagnosed and two days before her countryman, the director Wim Wenders, was to start shooting a 3-D documentary about her. So instead Wenders created a tribute, the ravishing Pina. (If you haven't seen it, you're missing out.) At the time of Bausch's death, the Tanztheater Wuppertal had just begun performing Bausch's final work, " . . . como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si . . . " ( . . . like moss on a stone), and now they're bringing it to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Go. You will be dazzled and moved. October 18-27, bam.org.

Here's a snippet of Vollmond (Full Moon), another piece by Pina Bausch:

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—Jesse Ashlock


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