They were unruffled,
The artist and his mistress, when I arrived in a battered kombi
To save the wife.
But she had already disappeared.
Only pink water in a bucket and a bloodstain
That smelled of detergent and would not wash out
On the floor near the fridge.
It is happening to me now.
As I try to hide behind the rose bushes,
He says: “Did you really think you could escape?”
Chilling German expressionist dance performance of the dynamics of domestic violence, choreographed in 1977 by Pina Bausch, to Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle.