Page extent: 262
ISBN: 9781783193271
Binding: PaperBack

Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch

Raimund Hoghe, Katalin Trencsényi, Ulli Weiss

Translated by Penny Black
PaperBack (31 May 2016)

Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch is a new translation of Raimund Hoghe’s original rehearsal diary that documented the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal’s work on Bandoneon (1980), illustrated with photos of the production by Ulli Weiss, and personal images and notes from the dancers.

This unique book records the method Pina Bausch developed and used, as seen by one of her close collaborators, Raimund Hoghe, who worked as dramaturg for the company for a decade (1979–1989). 

It follows the work from the first day in rehearsals to its premiere, chronicling the process with artistic sensibility – Bausch’s famous questions, the dancers’ responses and Hoghe’s own reflections as the piece develops.

This important document sees its first English language publication, and is succinctly translated from the German by Penny Black. The diary is accompanied by an Introduction and A Portrait by Katalin Trencsényi, following Hoghe’s journey from being a journalist to becoming an internationally acknowledged dancer-choreographer.

Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the work of Pina Bausch and Raimund Hoghe.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781783193271
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 262


'Reveals a collaborative process of trial, error, patience and trust, outlining in fascinating detail the daily effort that creativity demands.' Dancing Times

'The essay by Trencsényi, a freelance dramaturg based in London, is a treasure, solidly researched, insightful and gracelfully composed... Trencsényi digs deeper into Bausch's now iconic dance-theatre, teasing out her aesthetic development... The heart of the book is Bandoneon [and] an introduction to its dramaturg, Raimund Hoghe. His rehearsal diary, newly translated by Penny Black, is the centrepiece that follows... The diary provides valuable background information, such as a sense of how the ensemble played together in the studio... We also get a sense of how Bausch's questions worked... the publication concludes with a Q and A between Trencsényi and Hoghe, including details about his subsequent career as a choreographer.' Dance International

'The Bandoneon diary vitally preserves dance dramaturgy’s history.' Theatre Journal

'This documentation is multi-layered and varied, sometimes informative ... other times poetic... It is an important volume because... it provides the reader with a very practically edited compilation that helps us learn a lot not about one performance only... but also about its creator, the ensemble's relationship with Bausch, and about working with her.' Dance Script, Hungary