German choreographer Bausch dies aged 68

Pina Bausch, the world famous dancer and choreographer, has died at the age of 68.

The German performer was born in Solingen in 1940 and trained by Kurt Joos at Essen Folkwangschule, from which she graduated in 1959, and by José Limon and Andy Tudor in the USA, where she studied for two and a half years.

Bausch was the artistic director of Tanztheater Wuppertal, which she founded in 1973 and was known as one of modern dance’s most innovative artists.

On Tuesday, June 30, she died from cancer, having only been diagnosed with the disease less than a week ago.

A full obituary will appear in a future print edition of The Stage.

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