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Jakob Andersen
Pina Bausch
Bénédicte Billiet
Matthias Burkert
Rolando Brenes Calvo
Antonio Carallo
Marion Cito
Finola Cronin
Dominique Duszynski
Josephine Ann Endicott
Melanie Karen Lien
Lutz Förster
Kyomi Ichida
Urs Kaufmann
Ed Kortlandt
Beatrice Libonati
Anne Martin
Dominique Mercy
Jan Minarik
Helena Pikon
Hans Pop
Monika Sagon
Jean Laurent Sasportes
Mark Sieczkarek
Julie Anne Stanzak
Francis Viet

Detlef Erler

Michael Felber

Pina Bausch
Herbert Rach

Matthias Burkert

Executive producer
Herbert Rach

Angelika Kaczmarek

Video editing of the 2014 version
Krause & Partner, Essen

A film by
Pina Bausch

Produced by
Rudolf Rach

Edited version from 2014

The recordings were made in the 1986 / 87 season during rehearsals of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch for

A piece by Pina Bausch

Performance Rights
Verlag der Autoren
in representation of
Pina Bausch Foundation

Direction and Choreography
Pina Bausch

Set Design
Peter Pabst

Marion Cito

Hans Pop

Musical collaboration
Matthias Burkert

Raimund Hoghe

"Oh Mabel!"
written by Ted Fiorito & Gus Kahn
performed by California Ramblers
© by Bourne Co.
Courtesy of Melodie der Welt GmbH & Co. KG Frankfurt am Main
℗ 1925 Columbia Phonograph Company

"Tenryuu Kudareba"
music by Shinpei Nakayama, lyrics by Mikihiko Nagata
performed by Ichimaru with Victor Orchestra
℗ 1933 Victor Talking Machine Co. Of Japan, Ltd.

"Until You Break My Heart"
music and text by Larry Stock* and Freddy James**
performed by Doris Day with Les Brown and his Orchestra
© Chappell & Co. Inc.
Courtesy of Neue Welt Musikverlag GmbH** & Chappell Musikverlag GmbH*
℗ 1945 Columbia

"Haneros Halelu"
music and text by Mihaly Sipos, Peter Eri, Daniel Hamar and Sandor Jun Csoori
© Carthage Music Limited, CTM GmbH
Courtesy of ROBA Music Verlag GmbH

"O Venezia Che Sei La Piu Bella"
composed by Giovanna Marini
interpreted by Giovanna Daffini
© Ala Bianca Group srl - Italy, Bella Ciao Edizioni Musicali - Italy
℗ Ala Bianca Group srl

"L'Incoronazione Di Poppea"
music and text by Claudio Monteverdi, John Raymod Leppard, DP
performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Pritchard
© by Farber Music Ltd, CTM GmbH
Courtesy of ROBA Music Verlag GmbH
℗ 1964 The Gramophone Co. Ltd.

"Getting Some Fun Out Of Life"
music and text by Joe Burke & Edgar Leslie
© 1937 WC Music Corp. & Redwood Music Ltd
Courtesy of Neue Welt Musikverlag GmbH

"Death Hath Deprived Me"
composed by Thomas Weelkes
performed by Eastman Brass Quintet

"La bohème, Act 4: "Sono andati?" (Mimì, Rodolfo)"
composed by Giacomo Puccini
performed by Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano with Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, directed by Antonino Votto
℗ A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1958, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited
Courtesy of WARNER MUSIC Group Germany Holding GmbH. A Warner Music Group Company

"Sigurd Jorsalfar"
composed by Edvard Grieg

music and text by Edna Alexander, Sidney Mitchell, Maceo Pinkard
performed by Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson Orchestra
℗ Sarabandas srl

"Maple Leaf Rag"
by Scott Joplin
performed by Charlie Love, Emile Barnes and Billy Huntington
from the recording entitled Music of New Orleans, Vol. 4: The Birth of Jazz, FW02464
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
℗ 1959. Used by permission.

"No One Man Is Ever Going To Worry Me"
composed by Jack Yellen and Ted Shapiro
performed by Sophie Tucker, piano Ted Shapiro
℗ 1947 Decca Records Inc.

"Tin Marin"
written and performed by Luis "Perico" Ortiz, vocals Roberto Lugo
© Perico Records
℗ 1982 Perico Records

"Tetsuiin Terzan"
Music: Katsuya Kobayashi, Genji Sawai
Lyric: Katsuya Kobayashi
performed by Katsuya Kobayashi & Tetsujin Band with Genii Sawai
© The Garden
℗ 1984 Tra Project

music by Erich Plessow
performed by Hans Bund and his Orchstra
© 1932 by Edition Tonart c/o Puma Musikverlag GmbH
℗ Duo Phon

"Isn't this a lovely day"
music and text by Irving Berlin
Performed By: Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra
© Irving Berlin Music Corp.
Courtesy of Universal/MCA Music Publishing GmbH
℗ Originally released 1935. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

"Ja nus hons pris"
by Richard the Lionheart
performed by the Early Music Consort Of London, directed by David Munrow
℗ 1971 Decca Music Group Limited – by courtesy of Decca – a division of Universal Music GmbH

"Aria from "Lucrezia"
composed by Georg Friedrich Händel
performed by Janet Baker and English Chamber Orchestra,
directed by Raymond Leppard
℗ Philips

performed by Hespèrion XX, directed by Jordi Savall
℗ 1984 EMI Electrola GmbH

"Trümpi (Jew's Harp)"
Improvisation by Josef Betschart
© 1996 Claves Records
℗ 1996 Claves Records

"Hm Bee"
performed by Hassan Fagir, Salah Kurdi and Khalil Soliman
Musik Der Nubier / Nordsudan
℗ Museum Collection Berlin (West)

"Pizzica Pizzica"
recorded 1986 at Carpignano Salentino, Italy
Courtesy of Antonio Carallo

"Just A Simple Melody"
music and text by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin
performed by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb and his Orchestra
© 1937 WC Music Corp.
Courtesy of Neue Welt Musikverlag GmbH
℗ 1937 Brunswick

"O Deathe, Rock Me Asleepe"
performed by Jan DeGaetani, Paul O'Dette, Christel Thielmann
℗ 1984 Pantheon Music International, Inc.

The release of this film was funded by:

Kunststiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Kulturstiftung der Länder

Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien

Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

Pina Bausch Editions

If, despite extensive research, a copyright holder of the source material used here has not been identified and permission for publication has not been requested, please inform us in writing.

© L’Arche Editeur, 2014

© Pina Bausch Foundation, 2024

FSK released from the age of 6.

AHNEN ahnen - Rehearsal Fragments

With this inexpensively shot film Pina Bausch gives a glimpse into the day-to-day work of rehearsals. Uncompromising, without a thought for the potential spectators´ viewing habits or the build up of dramatic tension, she works with film – a new medium for her – showing only what interests her.

While Pina Bausch was preparing her film The Plaint of the Empress in 1987, the French, British and German co-producers were waiting for a script. No script: no film. That is how the film industry say things. The discussion dragged on but eventually the TV stations accepted the idea of shooting the film without a script. Someone had the idea of making a “test film” showing what the results of working in Pina Bausch´s way could be. That´s how this film was born – a documentary on the rehearsals for Ahnen, a piece she was developing at the time. For twenty five years the film stayed in the archives; today it emerges as an extraordinary document. This is how Pina Bausch and her company worked. This is how this work was created, that touched so many people and continues to do so today.

Edited version from 2014, first released on DVD in collaboration with L’Arche Éditeur, Paris. Duration: 78 minutes.


Jakob AndersenPina BauschBénédicte BillietMatthias BurkertRolando Brenes CalvoAntonio Carallo Marion CitoFinola CroninDominique DuszynskiJosephine Ann EndicottMelanie Karen Lien – Lutz Förster – Kyomi IchidaUrs Kaufmann Ed Kortlandt Beatrice LibonatiAnne MartinDominique MercyJan MinarikHelena PikonHans PopMonika SagonJean Laurent SasportesMark SieczkarekJulie Anne Stanzak Francis Viet

The release of this film was supported by:

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