Jul 7, 2009

The Rite of Spring by Pina Bausch

W H Chong — Culture Mulcher

W H Chong

Culture Mulcher

muellerAnother piece by PB (7:25 min). Exciting, as always, and maybe slightly diabolical. She’s good at tableau, and good at laying down a hook. A set of cafe chairs, (PB in Cafe Müller, left), a field of pink flowers. In this segment we can see the use she’s made of a phalanx of bodies against the dark. She manages to extract menace from the group just bobbing up and down. And note how she had the lead male, supine on the ground, lift his arms at a slight angle for a full crucifying five minutes – and the subtle, but satisfying punctuation when he lowers them at the end.

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