MERCY, Dominique & Peter PABST with Takako Hasegawa & Barbara Campbell-Lange

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Date: Wednesday 20 February 2013
Time: 17:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 98 mins

Dominique Mercy & Peter Pabst in conversation with Takako Hasegawa and Barbara Campbell-Lange 

A leading influence in contemporary dance since the 1970’s, Pina Bausch established the artistic form of Tanztheater (Dance Theatre; a mixture of dance and theatre) as the director of dance at the Wuppertal Theatre in Germany. She worked on the principle that things that have not yet become art are more important than things that are art already. Inspiring choreographers and theatres throughout the world, Pina’s works do not seek to teach, do not claim to know better; instead they generate experiences and create driven, moving images of inner landscapes while exploring the precise state of human feelings.

Architectural thinking and dance practice have much resonance to one another, sharing philosophies and perceptions, as well as the creation of space in relation to the body and our senses. The evening will reveal this shared territory between architecture and contemporary dance alongside members of one of the leading dance companies in the world.

The evening will be hosted by Takako Hasegawa. Barbara Campbell-Lange – architect and the AA academic coordinator – will also join the conversation.

Dominique Mercy is a choreographer, dancer and the longest established member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. After the untimely death of Pina in 2009, he took over the role of artistic director of the company.

Peter Pabst is a set designer who has designed and produced theatrical spaces for the Tanztheater Wuppertal for more than twenty-five years.

A video Projection of Tanztheater Wuppertal’s work will be screened from 17.00 with the conversation taking place at 18.00.



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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.