Club Amour

Café Müller / Aatt enen tionon / herses, duo

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch + Terrain Boris Charmatz

Two dancers lie on top of each other on the floor.

herses, duo (Club Amour) © Laurent Philippe

The history of bodies accumulated in a dance company is rendered visible in “Club Amour”. Boris Charmatz, new artistic director of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, presents his creative approach to the company’s 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”, a composition 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, longing, and failure: In “Aatt enen tionon” (1996), three dancers, who are locked into different rooms of a three-storey scaffolding tower alone and without help, interpret the precise choreography half-naked. “herses, duo” is an excerpt from the piece “herses (une lente introduction)” from 1997 which finds direct expression for “utopian ideas of connection”. 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.


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


Club Amour
Conceived by Boris Charmatz

With the ensemble of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Café Müller (1978)
Pina Bausch
 – Staging and choreography
Rolf Borzik – Set and costume design
Marion Cito, Hans Pop – Collaboration
Henry Purcell – Music
Duration 40 min

Aatt enen tionon (1996)
Boris Charmatz – Choreography
Yves Godin – Lighting
Gilles Touyard – Scaffolding
Hubertus Biermann, Olivier Renouf – Sound
PJ Harvey – Sound material
Duration: 40 min

herses, duo
Duo from herses (une lente introduction) (1997)
Boris Charmatz – Choreography
Yves Godin – Lighting
Stefan Fraunberger– Music
Duration 15 min

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch + Terrain Boris Charmatz – Production and distribution Club Amour

A dancer and a female dancer kneel on an empty stage and look up.

herses, duo (Club Amour)

© Laurent Philippe

Three dancers are placed on a three-storey scaffold, one on each level.

Aatt enen tionon (Club Amour)

© Marc Domage

A dancer stands in a revolving door, in front of which are numerous wooden chairs.

Café Müller (Club Amour)

© Uwe Stratmann


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, 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.