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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.

Premiere

05/20/1978
season 1977/78
Opernhaus Wuppertal

Duration

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.


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Costumes

from the premiere


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    Dates

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    7/15/2024, 13:00–20:00

    7/17/2024, 13:00–20:00

    7/18/2024, 13:00–20:00

    7/20/2024, 13:00–20:00

    7/21/2024, 13:00–20:00

    EnsembleTanztheater Wuppertal
    In the programme of the Avignon Festival

    A piece by Pina Bausch
    As part of the triple bill Club Amour together with Aatt enen tionon and herse, duo by Boris Charmatz

    LocationAdelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, Australia
    Dates

    3/10/2025

    3/11/2025

    3/12/2025

    3/14/2025

    3/15/2025

    3/16/2025

    OrganizerAdelaide Festival
    EnsembleTanztheater Wuppertal

    A piece by Pina Bausch
    As part of the triple bill Club Amour together with Aatt enen tionon and herse, duo by Boris Charmatz

    LocationBurgtheater, Vienna, Austria
    Dates

    7/10/2025

    7/12/2025

    7/13/2025

    EnsembleTanztheater Wuppertal

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