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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Portrait of Pina (in 35 Objects)

In 1984, Tanztheater Wuppertal made its New York debut at BAM, performing what would become the two most iconic works of Pina Bausch’s extraordinary repertoire—Café Müller and The Rite of Spring. More than three decades later, the company returns with a landmark restaging of that historic double bill this fall as part of the 35th annual Next Wave Festival.

How fitting, then, that back in 2012 we asked illustrator Nathan Gelgud to illustrate a list of 35 objects that evoke her and her work—portraiture by association. Peruse the pictographs below, but be sure to let us know if we left anything out!

Nathan Gelgud is an illustrator who recently moved from New York to Los Angeles, but he still roots for the Knicks.


  1. Left out dried pasta – Spaghetti, a Fur Coat, Toe Shoes stuffed w/raw meat, a Perfume Atomizer….and all those wonderful side glances, stares and look of total delight in the expressions of her dances having FUN.

  2. Deer lawn ornament. Lawn. Clothes iron.


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