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Sweet Mambo

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
23 - 25 August 2014
Edinburgh Playhouse

The relationships between women and men – seduction, happiness and misery, physical and mental fragility – are explored in the inimitable style of the great Pina Bausch. In each life-affirming scene dancers tell stories, flirt, fight, decry, seduce and abandon each other.

Revelling in life's inherent humour, Pina Bausch's unique concept of dance theatre creates beautiful, ambiguous imagery that mixes glamour and movement with a raft of recurring props – from water and fruit to chairs and dirt – creating ever-changing visual collages that balance on a knife-edge between reality and surrealism.

One of her final works, Sweet Mambo is an exciting combination of solos and ensemble dances, gentle gestures and sumptuous costumes as dreams, sorrows and anecdotes unfold.

The remarkable and much missed Pina Bausch leaves a glorious legacy in her exuberant work

Independent on Sunday, Festival 2010

She made you thrilled to be human

The Guardian

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  • Audio described:
    Monday 25 August 7.15pm
  • Running time: 
    2 hours and 30 minutes approximately


Edinburgh Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Place


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    Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

    Pina Bausch Director and choreographer
    Peter Pabst Set designer
    Marion Cito Costume designer
    Matthias Burkert and Andreas Eisenschneider Musical collaboration
    Marion Cito, Thusnelda Mercy and Robert Sturm Collaboration
    Lutz Förster Artistic director
    Dirk Hesse Managing director

    Photo: Oliver Look

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


    Grand circle: £32 £28 £23 £18
    Stalls: £32 £28 £23 £18 £12 £10
    Balcony: £18 £12 £10

    Current discounts

    Under 18s: 50% off
    Students: 50% off
    Young Scot cardholders: 50% off
    Senior citizens: 50% off
    Unemployed people: 50% off
    Equity/MU cardholders: 50% off