Café Müller reloaded
Christoph Winkler at Ballhaus Ost
What has Taylor Swift got that Yvonne Rainer does not? The pop icon with a penchant for old-school music video aesthetics says yes to glamor, style and star image.
For the young New Zealand hip-hop dancer Aloalii Tapu, it seems all the more reason to present his personal heroes of dance theatre and postmodern dance history in new and unfamiliar contexts. Together with Christoph Winkler, he has designed the narrative piece "Urban Soul Café” – a bio-choreografic portrait of self-discovery wherein the traditional and symbolic Maori war dance "Haku” encounters the self-referential "Goldberg Variations” of dance improvisation pioneer Steve Paxton. Pina Bausch’s legendary, seminal piece "Café Müller” forms the underlying template for the Soul Café.
What Tapu expects from his collaboration with the talent discoverer Christoph Winkler: An attempt to consult the defining characters and protagonists of dance history with a non-white approach, and find his own dance expression in the process.
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