June 30, 2009

Choreographer Pina Bausch dies at 68

German choreographer Pina Bausch, described as Europe's most influential force in modern dance, has died at age 68, her company said Tuesday.

The director of the Wuppertal Tanztheater, the dance company founded by Bausch in 1973, made the announcement, The Times of London reported. Earlier reports had indicated Bausch was suffering from cancer.

The Times said Bausch was one of the world's most provocative and beloved choreographers, who employed bravery and imagination in her work, never settling for easy options while conducting an uncompromising search for truth in art.

Critics said she tapped a unique style of theatrical psychological investigations, often ignoring logical storytelling and de-emphasizing sophisticated movements in favor of expressing painful emotions such as melancholy, anguish and alienation, The Times reported.

Her work Arien covered the stage with water, while in Nelken the stage was filled with carnations, the newspaper said.