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Pina Bausch herself danced in this piece. Even the set designer Rolf Borzik appears on stage. He moves the many chairs out of the dancers’ way.


season 1977/78
Opernhaus Wuppertal


ChoreographyPina Bausch
Set and costume designRolf Borzik
MusicHenry Purcell

Café Müller was originally the title of a four-part evening. In 1978, Pina Bausch invited choreographers Gerhard Bohner, Gigi-Gheorghe Caciuléanu and Hans Pop to work with her ensemble. Following the same cues, three more pieces were created in addition to Pina Bausch’s piece. Only the piece by Pina Bausch is still performed today. Since 1980, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch presents Café Müller as a double bill with The Rite of Spring.

Rolf Borzik designed the original stage set. Peter Pabst adapted the set for a performance in 1987 in Athens (Greece). The stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus was smaller than usual. He came up with the idea to use glass walls for the smaller stage. Sometimes, this set design is still used today.

In 2017, as part of a transmission by the Pina Bausch Foundation, the Opera Ballett Vlaanderen rehearsed and performed Café Müller.


From the Pina Bausch Archives
Café Müller


from the premiere

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