The Seven Deadly Sins

Dance evening by Pina Bausch
Texts by Bertolt Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

World premiere 15 June 1976, Schauspielhaus Wuppertal | restaging
Die sieben Todsünden

Die sieben Todsünden

© Ulli Weiss

  • 2 h 25 min, one interval

Past Dates

Fri 11.12.2009, 18:30, Bornemann Bar
Film »Pina Bausch«
Documentary by Anne Linsel
ARTE/WDR 2006, 45 min

»I’m less interested in how people move than in what moves them.«
Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch created dance history with her evening The Seven Deadly Sins. In this piece, originally premiered in 1976, she combined dance with speech, song, mime and everyday gestures for the first time and in doing so created a new art form which became the basis for her reputation as one of the leading choreographers of the present day. Bausch’s legendary Brecht-Weill evening was restaged in 2001 and 2008 at Tanztheater Wuppertal and is now to be seen in Berlin within spielzeit’europa.

The restaging of The Seven Deadly Sins is more like a »rebirth« (Rheinische Post): More than three decades after its premiere the two part dance programme from Brecht/Weill’s »Ballet chanté« The Seven Deadly Sins of the Bourgeoisie and Bausch’s piece Don’t be Afraid to songs by the legendary duo has lost nothing of its (critical) force and aesthetic quality. The leading roles – just as in 1976 – are taken by Josephine Ann Endicott and Mechthild Großmann, two long-term collaborators of Pina Bausch.

Pina Bausch, who has shaped the international dance scene like no other German choreographer, has been awarded numerous prizes both in Germany and abroad, most recently the Kyoto Prize, The Golden Lion [Venice], the Goethe Prize of the City of Frankfurt and the Laurence Olivier Award.

Pina Bausch died unexpectedly of cancer on 30th June 2009 at the age of 68. The dance world mourns the passing of one of its greatest dancers and choreographers.

I. The Seven Deadly Sins
With Annette Jahns, Josephine Ann Endicott and others

II. Don’t Be Afraid
With Marcus Bluhm, Melissa Madden Gray, Mechthild Großmann, Karin Rasenack


Directed and choreographed by Pina Bausch
Stage and costume design Rolf Borzik
Assistance Marion Cito, Hans Pop
Assistance restaging Bénédicte Billiet, Josephine Ann Endicott
Featuring The Capital Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Jan Michael Horstmann
Dancers Regina Advento, Pablo Aran Gimeno, Rainer Behr, Andrey Berezin, Damiano Ottavio Bigi, Aleš Čuček, Clémentine Deluy, Josephine Ann Endicott / Julie Shanaan, Silvia Farias Heredia, Barbara Kaufmann, Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Nayoung Kim, Daphnis Kokkinos, Eddie Martinez, Thusnelda Mercy, Pascal Merighi, Cristiana Morganti, Morena Nascimento, Nazareth Panadero, Helena Pikon, Jorge Puerta Armenta, Franko Schmidt, Azusa Seyama, Julie Anne Stanzak, Michael Strecker, Fernando Suels Mendoza, Aida Vainieri, Anna Wehsarg, Tsai Chin Yu