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Duluth Dances the Nelken Line

Duluth Nelken Dance in Canal Park
April 25, 2018

German Studies Program participates in a global dance celebration.

The German Studies Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth responded to a worldwide call by the Pina Bausch Foundation to create a video dancing the famous four seasons segment from Pina Bausch’s Nelken Line. Students, faculty members, and community members learned Bausch’s choreography, and filming took place on three occasions at locations throughout Duluth, including at Hartley Nature Center, Glensheen Historic Estate, and Park Point beach. The performance was coordinated by Professor Kristen Hylenski, who teaches German language and culture courses in the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures, and filmed by Professor Betsy Hunt, instructor of digital media, animation, and performance in the UMD Art & Design department. The film will become part of the archive of the Pina Bausch Foundation.

Click the image or link below to view Duluth Dances the Nelken Line.
Duluth Dances the Nelken Line video

A free showing of Duluth Dances the Nelken Line and Wim Wenders’ stunning film Pina on April 22, 2018 brought Bausch’s work to the larger community.  In addition, students in German Studies courses learned about Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal and also learned the choreography, adding a kinesthetic dimension that provided an embodied experience of German culture.

The goals for the project were to:

  • Introduce students and community members to the groundbreaking German choreographer Pina Bausch and explore the importance of Germany in the history of Modern Dance and Tanztheater
  • Connect the global and the local - We created an art project together that connects us as a community, but also connects us to communities across the world who are participating in this project. 
  • Promote visibility for the German Studies program at the University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Encourage further study of German Language and Culture
  • Showcase the beauty of Duluth

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