Imagine a huge stage covered with fresh carnations. Or dead leaves. Or giant cactuses. Or ankle-deep dirt. A stage where women are slammed, face-first, into glass partitions, are stalked by a giant crocodile--and always live in fear of their men.
German choreographer Pina Bausch energized a whole generation of European artists and audiences with these and similar visions, becoming a central figure in the new Expressionism.
Ever since Bausch, 55, opened the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival with a series of her uncompromisingly bitter feminist dance-dramas, her local admirers have longed for her return.
It's still hush-hush, but negotiations are reportedly underway to bring her Wuppertal Tanztheater to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the fall in a newly commissioned work to be produced by UCLA, the Music Center and the Southern California Theatre Assn.