What impact did Rolf Borzik and Peter Pabst's designs have on the unique work of the Tanztheater Wuppertal?
(2015) What impact did Rolf Borzik and Peter Pabst's designs have on the unique work of the Tanztheater Wuppertal?, no. 48.
The Tanztheater Wuppertal is famous for the abandonment of traditional dance forms, instead exploring 'the real' through the body's everyday movement and it's intertwinement with the design. The work is produced through a unique relationship between the choreographer Pina Bausch and her respective designers; Rolf Borzik (1973-1980) and Peter Pabst (1980-present). This relationship produces stimulating visuals that interlace with the dancers to enhance, echo or provide barriers to their movement. This dissertation will closely examine what impact Rolf Borzik and Peter Pabst's designs have on the work of the Tanztheater Wuppertal and how that impact was achieved. It will discuss the work produced by the company, how the creative relationship altered the designs and the techniques that Borzik and Pabst employed. The study will then analyse the difference between Borzik and Pabst, the materials that they used and how they were applied to create a design in the Black Box Studio at Queen Margaret University. The design will be created based on a working relationship formed between the choreographer and I, established through 20 hours of rehearsals. These 20 hours will amount to a 10 minute performance that will also take place in the Black Box Studio at Queen Margaret University. The two participants will dance once in the empty part of the Black Box Studio and once within the created design. The performance and video footage will then be used to assess the impact that the created design had on the participants and the audience's emotive reaction. This dissertation will also assess the limitations and restrictions encountered during the process and possible future progression if the working relationship between the choreographer and I were to continue.