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Season 1978/79begin of collaboration with Pina Bausch

Biography

Beatrice Libonati

Italian dancer Beatrice Libonati was born in 1954 in Mons, Belgium. Her father was an Italian sculptor, her mother a Belgian fashion designer. She began her dance education at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome at the age of twelve, graduating in dance, pedagogy and choreography. After secondary school, she also studied “Lettere e Spettaccoli” at La Sapienza university, but dance was always her first love. She had even choreographed small pieces with her classmates while still at school. Among her teachers were Harald Lander, Zarko Prebil, Margarita Trayanova, Aurel von Milloss, Luisa Grinberg, Juan Corelli, Steve Paxton, Jean Cébron, Giancarlo Bellini, Betty Jones and Fritz Lüdin (Limón Technique), Fred Mertens, Achille Perilli (Set Design), Margherita Abbruzzese (Visual Arts), Alberto Testa (History of Art), as well as Massimo Coen and Mauro Bortolotti (Music). In 1975, Jean Cébron taught her his solo piece, Modèle pour un Mobile, which she performed with the group “I danzatori scalzi” in the academy and on tour. In 1966–67 she danced several solo parts in the academy’s “Gruppo stabile” and worked with Perilli, Lucia Latour and Sylvano Bussotti on the production Altro/Ics for Teatro Altro Spazio in Rome. In 1977 she performed Mobile in the Festival di Spoleto, danced in Giancarlo Bellini’s Vivaldi, and was invited to perform a solo of her own at the theatre festival in Nancy.

Wuppertal via Essen

Jean Cébron had been encouraging Libonati to move to Essen for some time, and she got a scholarship to work with Susanne Linke in the Folkwang Dance Studio. Pina Bausch soon discovered her and signed her up to Tanztheater Wuppertal in 1978. Libonati stayed with the company, as dancer and artistic assistant, until 2006. In Bausch’s Blaubart – Beim Anhören einer Tonbandaufnahme von Béla Bartóks Oper „Herzog Blaubarts Burg“ (Bluebeard), Judith became her signature role, and she went on to become one of the company’s best-known faces in later pieces. Libonati could dance with abandon without drifting into pathos. The petite, fragile-looking Italian was actually very strong and had considerable stamina, and she lent each of her performances a clearly defined presence. She could portray girlish lightheartedness or stubborn persistence equally well. Along with her husband, Jan Minarík, Libonati became one of the key figures in Tanztheater Wuppertal for many years.

Versatile and multi-talented

During her time with Pina Bausch, Libonati kept developing other talents. Between 2001 and 2005 she created four solo shows of her own as well as choreographies for other dancers and groups at international level. She developed a whole series of solos and duets for dancers Elena Kofinà and Irina Castillo. Other talents include painting, playing music, and writing. She has published several books of poetry and sketches over the years. Florentine director Aldo Redi di Criscio staged interpretations of Libonati’s poetry, performed by actors at his Bausette Theatre, in 2012 and 2014. In 2021 Libonati worked with Neapolitan director Giuseppe Sollazzo on his play Una sera ascoltando un vecchio tango mi sono addormentato e ho sognato Pina Bausch (“One evening listening to an old tango I fell asleep and dreamt of Pina Bausch”), which was presented at Campania Teatro Festival, and she created a piece for four dancers for the Paesaggi del Corpo festival in Velletri. Also in 2021, she presented her seventh book, Zwei Sterne warteten in Fiumicino auf mich (“Two stars were waiting for me in Fiumicino”), with readings, dance and song at the Wuppertal Citykirche.

Text by Norbert Servos
Translated by Rachel McNicholl


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Premieres

Season 1978/79

PieceKontakthof
Date9 December 1978
VenueOpernhaus Wuppertal
Wuppertal
Germany
DanceAnne Martin
Arnaldo Alvarez
Arthur Rosenfeld
Beatrice Libonati
Christian Trouillas
Ed Kortlandt
Elisabeth Clarke
Fernando Cortizo
Gary Austin Crocker
Heinz Samm
Jan Minařík
John Giffin
Josephine Ann Endicott
Luis P. Layag
Lutz Förster
Mari Di Lena
Meryl Tankard
Monika Sagon
Silvia Kesselheim
Vivienne Newport
StagehandPaul Aron
LightingHans-Joachim Deinert
Make-upHeinz Dildey
SoundHorst Kersten
Klaus Grimm
Ballet masterEgbert Strolka
Jean Cébron
BallettkorrepetitionWerner Precht
Technical directionRolf Bachmann
Leitung KostümRenate Eichberg
Workshop managementLeo Haase
Stage managerHerbert Görsch
PropsGünther Fränzel
Source of castEvening leaflet for “Kontakthof” by Pina Bausch in in Wuppertal, Dec. 9, 1978
Evening leaflet for “Kontakthof” by Pina Bausch in in Wuppertal, Dec. 9, 1978
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Season 1978/79

PieceArien
Date12 May 1979
VenueOpernhaus Wuppertal
Wuppertal
Germany
DanceAnne Marie Benati
Anne Martin
Arnaldo Alvarez
Arthur Rosenfeld
Beatrice Libonati
Christian Trouillas
Ed Kortlandt
Elisabeth Clarke
Fernando Cortizo
Gary Austin Crocker
Heinz Samm
Jan Minařík
John Giffin
Josephine Ann Endicott
Lutz Förster
Mari Di Lena
Marion Cito
Meryl Tankard
Monika Sagon
Monika Wacker
Silvia Kesselheim
Vivienne Newport
StagehandJosef Lindler
LightingHans-Joachim Deinert
Make-upHeinz Dildey
SoundHorst Kersten
Klaus Grimm
Ballet masterEgbert Strolka
Jean Cébron
BallettkorrepetitionWerner Precht
Technical directionRolf Bachmann
Leitung KostümRenate Eichberg
Workshop managementLeo Haase
Stage managerHerbert Görsch
PropsGünther Fränzel
Source of castEvening leaflet for “Arien” by Pina Bausch in in Wuppertal, May 12, 1979
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Season 1979/80

PieceKeuschheitslegende (Legend of Chastity)
Date13 December 1979
VenueOpernhaus Wuppertal
Wuppertal
Germany
DanceAnne Marie Benati
Anne Martin
Arthur Rosenfeld
Beatrice Libonati
Christian Trouillas
Dominique Mercy
Ed Kortlandt
Heide Tegeder
Héléna Pikon
Jan Minařík
Janusz Subicz
Jean Laurent Sasportes
Josephine Ann Endicott
Lutz Förster
Malou Airaudo
Meryl Tankard
Nazareth Panadero
Urs Kaufmann
Vivienne Newport
ActorHans Dieter Knebel
Mechthild Großmann
MusicianMatthias Burkert

piano

ExtraFrank Herfeld

crocodile

Frank Nettesheim

crocodile

Jürgen Koch

crocodile

Klaus Kostka

crocodile

Roman Rohde

crocodile

Ulrich Huppach

crocodile

Werner Simon

crocodile

Wolfgang Weiß

crocodile

StagehandPaul Aron
LightingHans-Joachim Deinert
Make-upHeinz Dildey
SoundHorst Kersten
Klaus Grimm
Ballet masterDominique Mercy
Jean Cébron
Technical directionRolf Bachmann
Leitung KostümRenate Eichberg
Workshop managementLeo Haase
AssistantHans Dieter Knebel
Stage managerHerbert Görsch
PropsGünther Fränzel
Source of castEvening leaflet for “Keuschheitslegende (Legend of Chastity)” by Pina Bausch in in Wuppertal, Dec. 13, 1979
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Season 1979/80

Piece1980 – A Piece by Pina Bausch
Date18 May 1980
VenueSchauspielhaus Wuppertal
Wuppertal
Germany
Set design assistantGerda Raichle
DanceAnne Marie Benati
Anne Martin
Arthur Rosenfeld
Beatrice Libonati
Ed Kortlandt
Hans Dieter Knebel
Heide Tegeder
Isabel Ribas Serra
Jan Minařík
Janusz Subicz
Jean Laurent Sasportes
Josephine Ann Endicott
Lutz Förster
Malou Airaudo
Mechthild Großmann
Meryl Tankard
Nazareth Panadero
Vivienne Newport
MusicianArthur Sockel

violinist

Matthias Burkert

harmonium player

Special performerHans Günter Witt

wizard

StagehandHeinz Czyganowski
LightingSiegfried Schuchmann
Make-upHeinz Dildey
SoundHelmut Schoth
Ballet masterDominique Mercy
Jean Cébron
Technical directionRolf Bachmann
Leitung KostümRenate Eichberg
Workshop managementLeo Haase
Stage managerPeter Lütke
PropsGerd Klann
Sportler:inMax Walther

gymnast

Source of castEvening leaflet for “1980 – A Piece by Pina Bausch” by Pina Bausch with Tanztheater Wuppertal in in Wuppertal, May 18, 1980
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Season 1980/81

Season 1981/82

PieceWalzer
Date17 June 1982
VenueKoninklijk Theater Carré Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Netherlands
Costume assistantBernd Bremer
Rosemarie Hess
DanceAnne Marie Benati
Arthur Rosenfeld
Beatrice Libonati
Bénédicte Billiet
Christian Trouillas
Ed Kortlandt
Francis Viet
Hans Pop
Héléna Pikon
Jakob Haahr Andersen
Jan Minařík
Janusz Subicz
Jean Laurent Sasportes
Josephine Ann Endicott
Malou Airaudo
Meryl Tankard
Monika Sagon
Nazareth Panadero
Urs Kaufmann
Vitus Zeplichal
ActorMechthild Großmann
MusicianMatthias Burkert

piano

StagehandHeinz Czyganowski
LightingHans-Joachim Deinert
SoundHartmut Millard
Helmut Schoth
Ballet masterDominique Mercy
Jean Cébron
Stage managerPeter Lütke
Source of castEvening leaflet for “Walzer” by Pina Bausch in in Amsterdam, 06/17/1982 – 06/20/1982
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Season 1983/84

Season 1985/86

Season 1986/87

Season 1989/90

Season 1990/91

PieceTanzabend II
Date27 April 1991
VenueSchauspielhaus Wuppertal
Wuppertal
Germany
Set design assistantHelga Schnüttgen
DanceAnne Marie Benati
Barbara Kaufmann
Beatrice Libonati
Bernd Uwe Marszan
Dominique Mercy
Dulce Pessoa
Finola Cronin
Francis Viet
Geraldo Si Loureiro
Jakob Haahr Andersen
Jan Minařík
Janusz Subicz
Julie Anne Stanzak
Julie Shanahan
Kyomi Ichida
Marigia Maggipinto
Mariko Aoyama
Mark Alan Wilson
Nazareth Panadero
Quincella Swyningan
Thomas Duchatelet
Urs Kaufmann
LightingJohan Delaere
Make-upCarla Terhardt
ManagementMatthias Schmiegelt
Organizational staffClaudia Irman
Technical directionJohan Delaere
Lighting directionWolfgang Lauber
Leitung KostümEvelyn Schönwald
Leitung RequisiteHerbert Kuhn
Workshop managementLeo Haase
Stage managerPeter Lütke
CloakroomHarald Boll
Rosemarie Hess
Source of castBooklet for “Tanzabend II” by Pina Bausch in in Wuppertal, April 27, 1991
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Season 1992/93

PieceDas Stück mit dem Schiff (The Piece with the Ship)
Date16 January 1993
VenueOpernhaus Wuppertal
Wuppertal
Germany
Set design assistantHelga Schnüttgen
DanceAida Vainieri
Barbara Kaufmann
Beatrice Libonati
Bernd Uwe Marszan
Dominique Mercy
Felix Ruckert
Francis Viet
Geraldo Si Loureiro
Hans Beenhakker
Héléna Pikon
Jakob Haahr Andersen
Jan Minařík
Janusz Subicz
Jean Laurent Sasportes
Julie Anne Stanzak
Julie Shanahan
Marigia Maggipinto
Mariko Aoyama
Nazareth Panadero
Quincella Swyningan
Ruth Amarante
Thomas Duchatelet
MusicianMatthias Burkert
LightingKlaus Weiz
Make-upFrank Pohler
SoundFrank Strätker
Klaus Grimm
ManagementMatthias Schmiegelt
Organizational staffClaudia Irman
Ballet masterAgnes Pallai
Brian Bertscher
Christine Kono-Pohlmann
Technical directionDieter Simon
Klaus Weiz
Manfred Marczewski
Leitung BühnentechnikManfred Marczewski
Peter Ernestus
Lighting directionSiegfried Schuchmann
Leitung KostümEvelyn Schönwald
Leitung RequisiteHerbert Kuhn
Workshop managementLeo Haase
Stage managerJürgen Schneidenbach
CloakroomAndreas Maier
Harald Boll
Rosemarie Hess
Source of castEvening leaflet for “Das Stück mit dem Schiff (The Piece with the Ship)” by Pina Bausch in in Wuppertal, Jan. 16, 1993
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Season 1993/94

Season 1996/97

Season 1997/98


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