Viktor, Tanztheater Wuppertal

Viktor, Tanztheater Wuppertal

Pina Bausch is one of the major figures in contemporary theatre. As the name of her company implies, her works are 'dance-theatre' (Tanz is German for dance) not pure dance. While her pieces look random and improvised, they are not. They need as highly trained performers and are as set as any conventional dance work.

This photograph is from her 1986 work Viktor. Bausch makes no specific statement. She mixes song, dance and speech. Her works are like life in that they seem made up of random images and events, following no rational sequence and often appearing to make no sense. Their power lies in the cumulative effect and in what each individual member of the audience brings from his or her own experience. 'Interpretation,' Bausch said, 'always depends on the way you watch, and there is always another way to watch it'.