Pina Bausch in
“Kontakthof with Ladies and Gentlemen over ‘65’”
(Book and DVD), L‘Arche Editeur, Paris, 2007.
Jo Ann Endicott
Kontakthof is a place where people meet who are searching
To show yourself, to deny yourself.
With fears. Desire.
First experiences. First attemps.
Tenderness and what arises from,
was an important theme in work.
Another, for example, was Circus.
Showing part of yourself, overcome oneself.
Kontakthof was performed for the first time 1978 in Wuppertal.
Afterwards in many other countries.
My wish, to see this Piece, this Theme
shown by Ladies and Gentlemen with more Life experience
grew with time even stronger.
So I found the courage, to give Kontakthof to elderly people over “65”.
People from Wuppertal.
Neither Actors. Nor Dancers.
Simply people from Wuppertal.
In February 2000 we were ready.
At first was planned a one time Happening. (...)
Nobody had the slightest idea that Kontakthof with Ladies and Gentlemen over “65”
would travel to so many different European countries in the following years.