Forever - Immersion in Pina Bausch's Café Müller

Boris Charmatz

Dancer with stretched arm.
© César Vayssié
Boris Charmatz
120 min

In 2024, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the 78th edition of the Festival d’Avignon for the presentation of Boris Charmatz’s Forever - Immersion in Pina Bausch's Café Müller.

An unusual relationship with time and space, making it possible to immerse oneself in one of the most outstanding works of choreographer Pina Bausch. The performance is like a laboratory that develops multiple interpretations of Café Müller. 

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Boris Charmatz

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the choreographer Boris Charmatz for his creation Liberté Cathédrale and its presentation at Théâtre de la Ville and as part of the Biennale de la danse de Lyon. The initiative has also presented SOMNOLE in collaboration with NYU Skirball in New York.

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Portrait of Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch

Over the 36 years in which Pina Bausch (1940—2009) shaped the work of Tanztheater Wuppertal, she created an œuvre that casts an unerring gaze at reality, while simultaneously giving us the courage to be true to our own wishes and desires. Bausch was appointed director of dance for the Wuppertal theater in 1973. The form she developed in those early years was wholly unfamiliar. In her performances the players did not merely dance; they spoke, sang, laughed, and cried. Dance-theater evolved into a unique genre, inspiring choreographers across the globe and influencing theater and all forms of dance in the process. Its success can be attributed to the fact that Bausch made a universal human need the key subject of her work—the need for love, intimacy, and emotional security. Bausch's unique ensemble, now led by Artistic Director Boris Charmatz (with the joint leadership of Managing Director Roger Christmann), maintains Bausch's groundbreaking artistic vision.

Photo: © Ursula Kaufman