by Florence Li in New Film on Tuesday 26 July 2011

The dance performance, Kontakthof, bears the unmistakable signature of Pina Bausch: it deals with forms of human contact, the encounters between the sexes, and the search for love and tenderness with all the attendant anxieties, yearnings and doubts. It is about feelings, which poses a big challenge. Particularly for young people.
For almost a year, teenagers from some eleven schools in Wuppertal went on an emotional journey. Every Saturday, 40 students, aged between 14 to 18 years, rehearsed under the direction of the Bausch-dancers, Jo-Ann Endicott and Bénédicte Billiet, and under the intense supervision of Pina Bausch herself.