Pina Bausch, Jun Miyake, the Lilies in the Valley

Pina Bausch, the well-known German choreographer, is unfortunately dead by now. However, she brought Jun Miyake‘s the Lilies in the Valley to me, one of the few instrumental songs i really like. As you probably can tell from the songs i select here, it’s a lot to do with the lyrics whether I  like a song or not. In other words, lyrics do matter, it’s not just about the music!

Techno, music without lyrics, is something i can’t stand. The Lilies of the Valley, though, is speaking to me. That might be due to the fact that Pina Bausch uses the music in one of her pieces or because i’ve seen her company once, when she was still alive, sure. But you wouldn’t be able to help it either.

Bausch’s pieces may seem totally meaningless at first glance, but the point is that she creates images with a lot of meaning, able to hit home if you’re ready to interprete something personal in them. At least to me, it seems to be a lot about life, love, relationships, loneliness, etc. So, if you have some spare time, make sure to watch Die Klage der Kaiserin (the complaint of the Empress) for instance. And yes, no speech involved, so you’ll get it anyway. Given that you’re ready!

Pina Bausch hat verstanden, ihre Stücke stets mit passender Musik zu untermalen. Ein Beispiel dafür ist Jun Miykes The Lilies of the Valley, das in dem Stück Vollmond Verwendung findet. Instrumentale Musikstücke, ohne Text oder Gesang, erschließen sich mir mitunter nicht, bei The Lilies in the Valley und in Verbindung mit Tanztheater sieht das aber anders aus. Hier entsteht ein großartiges Gesamtbild.

Das Tanztheater Wuppertal hat eine CD mit der Musik zu Vollmond herausgegeben. Auf dieser findet sich aber leider nicht das Instrumental, sondern eine Version des Liedes, die Alviverde heißt und eine Zusammenarbeit von Jun Miyake und Arto Lindsay ist. Abgesehen von dem Text handelt es sich aber um ein und dasselbe Lied, die Musik ist also die gleiche!

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