Club Amour

Café Müller / Aatt enen tionon / herses, duo

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch + Terrain Boris Charmatz

Premiere 23.11.2023, Opernhaus Wuppertal

Two naked dancers are intertwined on the stage floor.

herses, duo (Club Amour) © Ursula Kaufmann

“Club Amour” makes the history of bodies accumulated in a dance company visible. Boris Charmatz, artistic director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch since August 2022, presents his creative approach to dance heritage, his faith in the collective and the power of the body as a medium of memory.

Please note: This performance contains nudity.

Please note the special procedure for the evening

“The word ‘repertoire’ begins with the syllable ‘re’. Repertoire signifies repetition, recursion and return. Cultural memory needs both archives that preserve history in its material form and steady revivals. There can be no living memories without external impulses.”
Marietta Piekenbrock, January 2023

Boris Charmatz, newly appointed artistic director of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, has created “Club Amour”, an evening consisting of three works – “Café Müller” by Pina Bausch and two of his own choreographies. All three touch on topics like desire, sexuality, nudity, intimacy and longing: In “Aatt enen tionon” from 1996, three dancers, isolated and half-naked on a three-storey scaffolding tower, interpret a precise and raw choreographic score. “herses, duo” is an excerpt from the piece “herses (une lente introduction)” from 1997 which finds expression for “utopian ideas of union”. In “Café Müller” (1978), a masterpiece by Pina Bausch, Henry Purcell’s “Remember me” can be heard. Here, the symbolic set element of the revolving door symbolises repetition and recurrence. In “herses, duo”, Boris Charmatz himself is on stage as a dancer, just like Pina Bausch in the world premiere of "Café Müller".

Pina Bausch came to Wuppertal as director of the city’s municipal ballet company in 1973 and renamed it Tanztheater. Her idea to merge dance and theatre revolutionised the art form and turned her into an icon of a new form of expressionism. She received numerous international awards, her company’s repertoire became world-famous and their works still tour around the world today.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch has shaped the history of dance and in 2023, the company celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since 2022/23, French dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz (*1973) has taken on this great challenge. As the company’s leader, he is beginning the next chapter of its history. Pina Bausch and Tanztheater Wuppertal as well as Boris Charmatz have repeatedly been presented by Berliner Festspiele.

“In the early filmed versions of ‘Café Müller’, it is striking to see desire at work. Bodies seek one another, grope for one another; fingers call out for touch. The life of the theatre intersects with the life of the artists. The roles seem to be carved out of thick human relationships. This made me want to present the play on an evening where love, loves, desire, desires would be the core. I then thought of two plays in ‘my’ repertoire that also touched on these issues. This is a test: to give the dancers from Tanztheater Wuppertal, who have not yet danced these pieces, the opportunity to confront the rough subtlety of ‘Café Müller’, the unrestrained radicality of ‘Aatt enen tionon’, as well as to perform a duet from ‘herses (une lente introduction)’ with bodies tangled with one another in absolute contact. The evening promises to be restless: Purcell meets PJ Harvey, ‘Café Müller’s ageless costumes come together with ‘Aattt enen tionon’s nudity, and all three pieces set Tanztheater Wuppertal 2024 ablaze!”
Boris Charmatz, March 2023

Artistic Team


Club Amour
Boris Charmatz  concept

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch + Terrain Boris Charmatz Production and Distribution

With the ensemble of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and guests (*)

Café Müller (1978)
Pina Bausch
 – Direction and Choreography
Rolf Borzik – Set and Costume Design
Marion Cito, Hans Pop – Collaboration
Henry Purcell – Music
Barbara KaufmannRehearsal Director Restaging

With Naomi Brito, Milan Kampfer, Reginald Lefebvre, Nicholas Losada, Tsai-Wei Tien, Tsai-Chin Yu

World premiere 20.5.1978, Opernhaus Wuppertal
With Malou Airaudo, Pina Bausch, Rolf Borzik, Dominique Mercy, Jan Minařík, Meryl Tankard

40 min

Aatt enen tionon (1996)
Boris Charmatz – Choreography
Yves Godin – Lighting
Gilles Touyard – Vertical Structure
Hubertus Biermann, Olivier Renouf – Sound
PJ Harvey – Sound Material

Julia Cima* – Collaboration to Transmission
Azusa Seyama-PriovilleAssistant 2024

With Dean Biosca, Letizia Galloni, Christopher Tandy (19:00)
Eli Cohen*, Némo Flouret*, Christopher Tandy (21:00)

World premiere 9.2.1996, La Halle aux grains scène nationale de Blois
With Boris Charmatz, Julia Cima, Vincent Druguet

40 min

herses, duo
Excerpt from herses (une lente introduction) (1997)
Boris Charmatz – Choreography
Stefan Fraunberger– Music

With Boris Charmatz, Johanna Elisa Lemke*

World premiere 27.9.1997, Le Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest
With Boris Charmatz, Julia Cima, Vincent Dupont, Myriam Lebreton, Sylvain Prunenec

15 min

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch + Terrain Boris Charmatz

Boris Charmatz – Artistic Director
Dr. Daniel Siekhaus– Managing Director
Robert Sturm– Artistic Management Director

Hélène Joly – Deputy Director

Touring Team

Jörg RamershovenTechnical Director
Fernando JaconChief of Lighting
Andreas DeutzStage Manager
Robin DiehlLighting Technician
Karsten FischerSound
Martin WinterscheidtHead Stage Technician
Gökhan MihciStage Technician
Katherina Fröhlich*, Renatus Matuschowitz* – Wardrobe
Bernd-Uwe MarszanPhysiotherapist
Heidi VierthalerTraining
Leonie WernerPlanning and Tour Management
Martina Hochmuth (Terrain) – Direction of Productions
Ursula PoppPress, Public Relations and Marketing Officer

A naked female dancer bends over a naked male dancer lying on the stage floor.

herses, duo (Club Amour)

© Ursula Kaufmann

Three dancers dressed in T-shirts are on different levels of a three-storey open scaffold.

Aatt enen tionon (Club Amour)

© Evangelos Rodoulis

One male and one female dancer are in dynamic movement in front of a revolving glass door.

Café Müller (Club Amour)

© Oliver Look


Please note the specific procedure of this event: On both nights, you can attend “Club Amour” either at 19:00 or at 21:00. With a ticket for the 19:00-performance, you will first see “Aatt enen tionon” and then “herses, duo”. There is no fixed seating on the stage. Next, the ensemble will present “Café Müller” on the Main Stage, for which you will have fixed seating tickets.

With a ticket for the performance at 21:00, your evening will begin with “Café Müller” which you will enjoy together with the audience of the 19:00-performance. Following this, you will see “Aatt enen tionon” and “herses, duo”.

There will be an interval after each piece. This specific procedure is due to the different concepts and seating capacities of the dance pieces.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Terrain develop together an artistic project between Germany and France under the direction of Boris Charmatz. Terrain is supported by the Ministère de la Culture – DRAC Hauts-de-France and by the Région Hauts-de-France and is associated with Opéra de Lille, le phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes pôle européen de création and the Maison de la Culture d’Amiens – Pôle européen de création et de production. Tanztheater Wuppertal is supported by the city of Wuppertal and the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.