DANCE: PICK OF THE WEEK

Palermo Palermo to 20 Feb Sadler's Wells, London EC1
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The Independent Culture
After performances today and tomorrow of her celebrated Nelken (where the drama of her dancers is supplemented with acrobats, Alsatian dogs and a stage full of pink carnations), Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal completes its rare London season with four showings of a work never seen in Britain before, Palermo Palermo - named for the Sicilian city where she created it.

This time, dust and debris cover the performing area: Bausch clearly likes to make things difficult for herself and her whole-hearted team. In that setting of a city in ruins, the men and women of the company come and go in a series of gripping encounters. Promised in the course of this action is the suggestion of a search for intimacy, even love, revealed in snatched moments of tenderness and resolution.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1 (0870 737 7737) `Nelken', today & tomorrow, 7.30pm; `Palermo, Palermo', Thur to 19 Feb, 7.30pm & 20 Feb, 6pm; pounds 15-pounds 48

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