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On This Week In Sport & Leisure History ~ 24th-30th June 2019

On This Week In Sport & Leisure History ~ 24th-30th June 2019

24th

  • American distance athlete Arthur Lee Newton was born in 1883. Competing in the 1900 Olympics, he finished 4th in the 2500m steeplechase and 5th in the Marathon. Four years later in the St Louis Games he won gold as part of the four mile team contest and bronze in both the Marathon and the steeplechase.
  • Fellow countryman and Olympian Frank Verner shared Newton’s 1883 birthdayHe won silver in the 1500m in 4:06.8, placed fourth in the steeplechase and sixth in the 800m.
  • Another 1904 American Olympian Frank Waller was born in 1884. He won two silvers in the 400m flat and hurdles, behind gold medallist Harry Hillman in both events. He was US Champion in the men’s 440yds in 1905 and 1906, and the 220yds hurdles while competing for the Milwaukee Athletic Club.
  • On this day on 1894 the decision was made to hold the modern Olympics every 4 years.
  • Boxer Jack Dempsey was born in 1895 at Manassa, Colorado. Known as the ‘Manassa Mauler’, he won the heavyweight world title in 1919 by beating Jess Willard, the 17-stone (108kg) cowboy from Kansas. He lost it on points to Gene Tunney in 1926 and in the following year ‘was robbed of the title’ in the infamous ‘Battle of the Long Count’.
  • At the 50th edition of the British Golf Open in St Andrews in 1910 James Braid shot a 299 to take the title.
  • The first great motor-racing world champion, Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina, was born in 1911. He won the title a record five times between 1951 and 1957. He won 24 world championship races, a record which stood until surpassed by the late Jim Clark in 1968. Fangio drove for all the great manufacturers of the 1950s, winning world titles for Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes and Ferrari.
  • BBC television covered a Test match for the first time in 1938 when the screened part of the second Test against Australia from Lord’s. The highlight of the match was Walter Hammond’s 240 in England’s first innings.
  • Dutch professional tennis player Betty Stöve was born on this day in 1945; best remembered for reaching the ladies’ singles final at Wimbledon in 1977. She also won ten Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Stöve began playing tennis internationally in the mid-1960s. She made her Grand Slam debut at the 1964 Wimbledon. A virus, complicated by a malfunctioning thyroid gland, forced her out of tennis for an 18-month period in the late 1960s. Despite being advised that she should never play tennis again, Stöve recovered to have her best years on the circuit. Stöve’s most notable singles match was that 1977 Wimbledon final, which she lost to Virginia Wade: 4–6, 6–3, 6–1. Queen Elizabeth II, in her silver Jubilee year, attended the final against Wade. Stöve was also a semi-finalist at the 1977 US Open, losing to Chris Evert. She also found success in the 1977 US Open by winning the women’s doubles with Martina Navratilova and the mixed doubles with Frew McMillan. She had her greatest success in doubles. She won ten Grand Slam doubles championships, six in women’s doubles and four in mixed doubles. She won two women’s doubles championships with Billie Jean King and two with Wendy Turnbull. Her other two titles were won with Françoise Dürr and Martina Navratilova. All of her mixed doubles championships were with Frew McMillan. Stöve was the runner-up in seventeen Grand Slam doubles tournaments, eight in women’s doubles and nine in mixed doubles. During her career, Stöve won one singles title and 75 doubles titles. She reached a career-high singles rank of World No. 5 in 1977. She was also ranked World No. 1 in doubles. Stöve competed in and lost all three finals at Wimbledon in 1977, failing to win any of them; the last player in any Grand Slam event to earn such a record. She competed for the Netherlands Fed Cup team in 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, and 1983.
  • Raelene Boyle, Australian sprinter was born in 1951 and in 1998 was named one of 100 National Living Treasures by the National Trust of Australia. Her career started after a series of strong performances in the 1968 Australian Championships and Olympic trials, where she was selected to represent Australia at the 1968 Olympics, at the age of 16. At 17, she won a silver medal in the 200m and came 4th in the 100m, setting world junior records in both distances of 22.73, and 11.20. The 200m mark lasted 12 years and the 100m, 8 years. Together with two silvers from the 1972 Games where she came second behind East-German Renate Stecher in both sprint finals, Boyle has a string of Commonwealth titles to her name (seven gold and two silver). Some consider her a very unlucky athlete in never having won an Olympic gold especially since some athletes who beat her were later revealed to have used anabolic steroids.
  • In 1972 South African athlete Danie Malan set a new 1000m world record in Munich.
  • Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatari high-jumper, who is the national and Asian record holder with a clearance of 2.43m, was born in 1991. He won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and a bronze medal at the 2012 London Games  He was the Asian Indoor and World Junior champion in 2010, and won the high jump gold medals at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships and 2011 Military World Games.
  • The current longest ever professional tennis match finished on this day in 2010. The men’s singles first round match between John Isner of the USA and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut began at 6:13pm BST on June 22nd,  at 9:07pm, due to fading light, play was suspended before the start of the fifth set. After resuming the following day at 2:05pm, the record for previous longest match was broken at 5:45pm. The light faded again, and so play was suspended at 9:09pm, with the final set tied at 59 games all. Play resumed at 3:40pm on June 24th, and Isner won at 4:47pm, the final set having lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes.In total, the match took 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days, with a final score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68 for a total of 183 games, by far the longest match in tennis history, measured both by time and number of games. The final set alone was longer than the previous longest match. Both players broke numerous Wimbledon and tennis records, including each serving over 100 aces, with the match being referred to as “the endless match”.
  • On this day in 2012 female athletes from Saudi Arabia would be allowed to compete at the Olympic Games for the first time.

25th

  • On this day in 1678 the first Doctorate of Philosophy to be earned by a woman was awarded to Elena Lucrezia Piscopia. The University of Padua also awarded the 32-year-old the Doctor’s Ring, the Teacher’s Ermine Cape, and the Poet’s Laurel Crown. Dr. Piscopia was born into a noble Italian family in Venice. Her father was the Procurator of San Marco and her mother was also from the upper classes. She was the eldest daughter in her family and by age seven was already being tutored. She first studied Latin and Greek under distinguished instructors. After mastering these languages, she learned Hebrew, Spanish, French, and Arabic. With seven languages at her disposal, she was given the title “Oraculum Septilingue.” She went on to study mathematics, philosophy, and theology. In 1665 she took the habit of the Benedictine Oblate, however she never became a nun. Her father wanted her to enter the University of Padua. She excelled in her studies and was granted her PhD in the cathedral of Padua on this day. The University authorities were in attendance as were professors and the lesser faculty. Many of the students also came to witness this event along with a great number of prestigious invited guests from other Italian Universities. Elena spoke for an hour in classical Latin and explained random selections from the works of Aristotle. She was not permitted by the Catholic Church to receive a doctorate in theology. She went on to teach and write a variety of treatises before her death at age 38.
  • On this day in 1910 Igor Stravinsky‘s ballet The Firebird is premiered in Paris, bringing him to prominence as a composer.
  • The winner of the 1952 Olympic bronze in the 50k walk, Hungarian Antal Róka, was born on this day in 1927. 
  • In 1932 India made their Test cricket debut against England at Lord’s. England captained by Douglas Jardine, won by 158 runs.
  • Doreen Wells, Marchioness of Londonderry, former ballet-dancer was born in London in 1937. She received her early dance training at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts, continuing her studies at the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School. She is a winner of the Adeline Genée Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Dance and she made her professional stage debut in pantomime, before ultimately joining the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet. In theatre, she has performed roles in West End musicals, including the leading role of Vera Baranova in On Your Toes at the Palace Theatre and Maggie Jones in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. She has also made television appearances including the 1985 Royal Variety Performance and a BBC Christmas Extravaganza.On 1 December 2009, she made an appearance on The Paul O’Grady Show, performing a dance routine with male backing dancers. She was then interviewed by O’Grady and spoke of her continued love for dance and about how she still performs regularly.
  • Australian athlete Judy Amoore was born in 1940. At the 1964 Olympics she won a bronze medal in the first 400m race for females, only beaten by countrywoman Betty Cuthbert and Brit Ann Packer.  At the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Jamaica she won the 440yds, and silver over 880yds as well as placing fourth in the 220yds. At the Australian championships in February 1964 she came 3rd in 440yds and 2nd in 880yds. In 1966 she competed in 100yds without reaching the final, but was 3rd in 220yds, 1st in both 440yds and 880yds.. In the state championships of Victoria she won both 220, 440 and 880yds races.As Judy Pollock, she set world records at 440yds (1965), 800m (1967) and 880yds (1967) before retiring due to pregnancy in 1968. She made a come-back in 1971, running some of her best times ever to make the team for the 1972 Olympics in Munich. She was Track and Field Team Captain at Munich, but was unable to compete because of injuries and retired soon after the Games; again for family reasons. In 1976, she made another comeback, now concentrating on 800m and 1500m. The veteran was selected in her third Olympic team after winning the 1500m at the Australian National Championships and running second to Charlene Rendina over 800m. So at the age of 36, she became the oldest Australian woman Olympian at the 1976 Montreal Games. Running in the 800m, she just missed the final, clocking her fastest ever time of 1:59.93 for fifth in her semi-final. Despite setting another personal best time in the 1500m, she was run out of her heat. She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • In 1947 The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is published.
  • Joe Louis made the 25th and last defence of his world heavyweight crown, against ‘Jersey’ Joe Walcott at the Yankee Stadium, New York, in 1948. Louis won with an 11th-round knockout. Eight months later, he announced his retirement.
  • British Paralympic cyclist, Para-triathlete, adventurer and author Karen Darke was born in 1971. Darke is paralysed from the chest down following an accident, aged 21, whilst sea cliff climbing.  In 2006, she took part in an expedition which crossed Greenland’s ice cap whilst sitting on skis using her arms and poles to cover the 372 mile crossing. She has also climbed Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and El Capitan and hand-cycled, skied and swam the length of Japan. In 2009, she was a bronze medal winner in the Para-Cycling World Cup after which, in 2010, she became a member of the British Para-Cycling team. She has won two silver medals in the women’s H2 road race and time trial events at the 2011 Para-Cycling World Cup. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she won a silver medal in the H1–2 road time trial and in the H1-3 road race finishing fourth, after crossing the finishing line holding hands with team mate Rachel Morris, both in a time of 1:43:08, Morris was awarded the bronze medal. In October 2012, she competed in her first ITU Para-triathlon World Championships. She won the gold medal in her TRI-1 classification. On 14 September 2016 Darke won the gold medal in the H1-3 time trial at the Rio Paralympics in a time of 33:44:93. She was appointed an MBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to sport.
  • History is made on this day in 1972 when Bernice Gera becomes the first female umpire to officiate in pro baseball.
  • In 1983 India beat the West Indies by 43 runs to win the Cricket World Cup.
  • Today in 1991 a new tennis record is set as Martina Navratilova win hers 100th singles match at Wimbledon.
  • Australian junior world 100m freestyle record holder Kyle Chalmers was born in 1998. She also won the gold medal in that event at the2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Scottish National Hunt jockey Campbell Gillies died on this day in 2012 aged 21. He was most notable for his victory on Brindisi Breeze in the Albert Artlett Novices’ Hurdle at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival. In total, he rode 131 winners in his career, mainly for top Scottish trainer, Lucinda Russell and was widely considered by pundits and fans alike as one of the leading young jockeys in the UK.Gillies was found dead in a swimming pool at the Corfu holiday apartments where he was staying with fellow jockeys Henry Brooke, Nathan Moscrop, Harry Haynes and Mark Ellwood. The friends had returned from an evening out and had gone for a morning swim at around 8am local time. Gillies went under the water and failed to resurface.  A Greek coroner recorded his death was caused by drowning and a police spokesman revealed that toxicological reports revealed he had been drinking.
  • On this day in 2014 Luis Suarez is charged with biting at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 

29th

  • On this day in 1613 London’s Globe Theatre burnt to the ground. The theatre, associated with William Shakespeare was built by his playing company in 1599 on Maiden Lane (today called Park Street) in Southwark.  The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, a playing company established around 1594, performed at The Theatre in Shoreditch until problems with the landlord forced a move to Curtain Theatre close by. The company worked there from 1597 until December 28, 1598 when The Theatre in Shoreditch was dismantled. The beams were transported to Southwark and used in building the new venue, Globe Theatre.
  • Dutch backstroke specialist Bartholomeus Roodenburch was born in 1866. At 42, he participated in the 100m backstroke at the 1908 Olympics, but he was eliminated in the first round, finishing 13th with a time of 1:36.2.
  • British Track and Field athlete and winner of the 5 miles at the 1906 Olympics, Henry Courtenay Hawtrey was born on this day in 1882. The British were the leading force in the long-distance running in early 1900s. Although the most celebrated long distance runner Alfred Shrubb had turned professional just before the 1906 “intercalated” Olympics, the Britons sent a very good team to Athens .Hawtrey served with the Royal Engineers in the First World War. He was awarded the DSO and made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1918 New Year Honours.
  • The Headingley ground in Leeds was used for Test cricket for the first time in 1899 when England and Australia fought out a low-scoring draw.
  • On this day in 1927: The Bird of Paradise arrived in Hawaii. The plane was an Atlantic-Fokker C-2 and crewed by First Lt. Lester Maitland and First Lt. Albert Hegenberger. It was the first transpacific flight from the mainland to Hawaii.
  • Japanese professional baseball player and one of Nippon Professional Baseball’s (NPB) greatest catchers, Katsuya Nomura, was born in 1935.  He also served as manager of the Yakult Swallows for eight seasons, led the Hanshin Tigers for three years, and skippered the Rakuten Golden Eagles for four seasons. With 657 home runs and 1988 RBI, Nomura ranks number two on the career NPB lists in both categories, behind Sadaharu Oh. Nomura was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.
  • John Dawes, Welsh rugby union player was born in South Wales in 1940. Dawes played club rugby for Newbridge in Monmouthshire, and then joined London Welsh, winning his first cap for Wales against Ireland in 1964. He was selected for Wales’ first overseas tour later the same year and played in the Welsh rugby team’s first match outside of Europe and its first in the Southern Hemisphere; against East Africa in Nairobi on 12 May 1964, Wales winning 26-8. He went on to make twenty two appearances for his country, captaining the side in six of them, including leading the Grand Slam winning side of 1971. In 1971, Dawes was appointed captain of the British and Irish Lions side for the tour to New Zealand. This side, coached by Carwyn James, became the first and so far the only Lions team to win a series in New Zealand. Dawes was also captain of the Barbarians side that beat New Zealand in Cardiff in 1973. Today he holds a proud record for any Welshman in the fact that as a player or coach he has never lost to an England side. After retiring as a player, Dawes became coach of the Welsh national side in 1974, a post he held until 1979. This was one of the most successful periods in the history of Welsh rugby, with the team winning the Five Nations Championship four times in the five seasons between 1975 and 1979, including two Grand Slams. He also coached the 1977 British Lions tour to New Zealand, but was unable to repeat the success of 1971.
  • Sue Brown, who made history in 1981 as the first woman to compete in the Boat Race, as cox, was born in 1958. 
  • Portuguese marathon runner, the first sportswomen from Portugual to win a Olynmpic gold – Rosa Mota was born in 1958. Mota was also the first woman to win multiple Olympic marathon medals as well as being the only woman to be the reigning European, World, and Olympic champion at the same time. On the 30th Anniversary Gala of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) she was distinguished as the greatest female marathon runner of all time. Despite all her success Mota suffered from sciatica and asthma as a child, yet, in 1991, she continued winning, this time the London Marathon. Later that year, Mota had to abandon the Tokyo World championships and she finally considered retirement after failing to finish the 1992 London marathon. Mota ran 21 marathon races between 1982 and 1992. She averaged two marathons a year for a decade and won 14 of those races.
  • The heaviest-ever world boxing champion, Primo Carnera, died in 1967 at the age of 60.  Nicknamed the Ambling Alp, the Italian was World Heavyweight Champion from June 29, 1933, to June 14, 1934.
  • Today in 1974 Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet.
  • In 1975 Steve Wozniak tested his first prototype of Apple I computer.
  • Marleen Veldhuis, was born in 1979, a retired swimmer from the Netherlands. She was world record holder in four events (one individual event and three relay events). Veldhuis won eight world championships golds and 20 European championships golds. In the Olympics, she won bronze at London 2012 in the 50m freestyle, as well as three relay medals: bronze in Athens 2004, gold in Beijing 2008, and silver in London 2012.
  • Pierre Balmain, French fashion designer died today in 1982. He was the founder of the leading post-war fashion house Balmain. Known for sophistication and elegance, he described the art of dressmaking as “the architecture of movement.”
  • On this day in 2007 Apple released its first mobile phone, the iPhone.
  • Today in 1859Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Blondin was born in St. Omer, France in 1824. At the age of five, he was sent to École de Gymnase in Lyon by his gymnast father. After only six months of training, he made his first public appearance with the name “The Little Wonder.” His naturally graceful moves along with learned skills made him a favorite attraction. He also was said to have a charismatic personality, did everything in a grand way, and was a true showman. Blondin’s showmanship abilities along with fearless daring led him to increasingly dangerous undertakings. By the age of 35, playing to international audiences, he crossed the Falls on a tightrope 3 inches thick, 1,100 feet long and 160 feet above the water. Once he had crossed the Falls, he needed to keep the audiences wowed and devised ever more bizarre crossings. He crossed blindfolded, in a sack, with a wheelbarrow, on stilts, carrying his manager – Harry Colcord – on his back, and stopping midway and sitting down to cook and eat an omelette.
  • The so called “Father of the Modern Day Hot Air Balloon”, Ed Yost, was born on this day in 1919. Yost developed and flew the first prototype of the modern hot-air balloon in a tethered flight. The envelope was plastic film, and heat was provided by burning kerosene. This prototype flight uncovered conceptual flaws that Yost worked to overcome. On 22 October 1960, Yost made the first-ever free flight of a modern hot-air balloon from Bruning, Nebraska. His balloon flew untethered for 1 hour and 35 minutes with the aid of heat generated by a propane burner. The balloon’s 40-foot (12 m) envelope was sewn from heat-resistant fabric especially selected by Yost for this purpose. After further refining and improving on this designs and materials, in 1963 Yost piloted the first modern balloon flight across the English Channel with crew member Don Piccard in a balloon later named the “Channel Champ.” All-told Yost  set 13 aviation world’s records for distance travelled and amount of time aloft in his attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean —solo— by balloon. He designed and built his balloon, the “Silver Fox,” himself, partly in his home garage. It featured a gondola that was shaped like a boat in the event that he would be forced down at sea — which is precisely what occurred. Although he had travelled far in excess of the distance needed to reach Europe from his launch point off the coast of Maine, his flight path began to point South rather than the hoped-for East direction due to inaccurate weather forecasting. The dream was achieved two years later with Yost’s assistance in a Yost-built balloon, Double Eagle II.
  • Cricketer Michael John Knight Smith, better known as MJK Smith or Mike Smith was born in 1933. He was captain of Oxford University Cricket Club in1956, Warwickshire County Cricket Club from 1957to 1967 and England between 1963 and 66. He was one of England’s most popular cricket captains and, as he also played rugby union.  
  • England beat Australia 17-1 in Sydney in 1951 to record the biggest win in a  football international, although the Football Association do not list the match as a full international.
  • The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the production line on this day in 1953.
  • Olha Bryzhina, former Russian and Ukrainian 400m runner was born in 1963. A triple Olympic gold medallist as well as one silver, she was also world champion in 1987. Bryzhina successfully defeated Florence Griffith Joyner at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the 4×400m relay. Both runners ran the final leg of the relay and took the baton at about the same time. “Flo-Jo” ran a well-paced race, chasing Bryzhina closely, and tried to challenge Bryzhina at the 300m point. However, the challenge from Flo-Jo was unsuccessful and Bryzhina won by a 4m margin, taking gold for the Soviet Union along with a new world record for the USSR team. Bryzhina’s time of 47.7 seconds in the 1988 Olympic relay is one of the fastest relay legs ever run by a woman in the history of track and field. He husband Viktor Bryzhin was also a champion track athlete, winning gold in the 4x100m relay at the 1988 Olympics. Together they have a daughter, Yelizaveta Bryzhina, who is also a successful track runner, specialising in the 200m (Yelizaveta competes for Ukraine). Bryzhina and her daughter Yelizaveta both had a best performance of 22.44 seconds over 200m.
  • The former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was born in 1966. He was only 20 years 144 days old when he beat Trevor Berbick for the WBC version of the world championship in 1986, making him the undisputed champion of the world, beating Tony Tucker in the following year. The seemingly invincible Tyson was knocked out in the 10th round of his bout with James ‘Buster’ Douglas in Tokyo in 1990.
  • Swedish javelin record holder and one time world record holder Patrik Bodén was born in 1967. 
  • Sandra Cam, winner of over 35 Belgian National Swimming titles between 1986 and 1997, was born in 1972. She represented her country in two consecutive Summer Olympics, in Barcelona, 1992 and Atlanta in 1996.
  • A Newcastle in 1990 jockey Willie Carson became only the third man, after Gordon Richards in 1933 and Alec Russell in 1957, to ride six winners at one race meeting. The winners, and prices, were: Arousal, evens favourite; Sowento 5-2 fav; Al Maheb 9-2; Terminus 8-1; Tadwin 5-1; Hot Desert 4-7 fav. In the seventh race of the meeting Carson came home last on Parliament Piece.
  • Duke McKenzie became the first British-based boxer to win world titles at two different weights; when he beat Gaby Canizales for the WBO bantamweight title at Southwark in 1991, he had previously held the IBF flyweight crown, between October 1988 and June 1989.
  • Welsh Paralympic sprinter Rhys Jones was born in 1994. He qualified for the 2012 Paralympics in the 100m and 200m sprints. Making the final of the 200m at his first major games. Jones, who has cerebral palsy, played football for a pan-disability side before switching to athletics after attending a Disability Sports Wales trial.  He attended his first junior competition, in Blackpool in 2008, winning four gold medals in the T37 category. By 2010 he was entering senior championships, competing in sprints and the long jump in the 2008 CP National Championships in Nottingham. He posted two personal bests in 2012, 12.25s in the 100m sprint at Birmingham and 25.24s in the 200m in the London Disability Athletics Challenge. He qualified for the 2012 Paralympics and followed his first Paralympic Games by qualifying for this 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon finishing 7th in the 100m and 8th in the 200m.In 2014 Jones was named in the Wales squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He ran in the T37 100m, qualifying through the first heat in second place with a time of 12.10 and in the final he posted a time of 12.04 to take the bronze medal. The following year Jones was named in the Great Britain team for the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. He competed in the T47 100 metres, and qualified through the first heat in fourth place. The next day, in the final, he finished eighth in a time of 12.12. In 2016 Jones competed at the IPC Grand Final at the Olympic Park in London. Now focusing solely on the 100m, he finished third in a time of 11.87, a season’s best, Jones’ results in 2016 saw him qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. Competing in the100m T37 he qualified as a fastest loser in the heats.
  • German modern dance choreographer, dance teacher and ballet director “Pina” Bausch died aged 68 on this day in 2009. With her unique style, a blend of movement, sound, and prominent stage sets, and with her elaborate collaboration with performers during the development of a piece (a style now known as Tanztheater), she became a leading influence in the field of modern dance from the 1970s onwards. She created the company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch which performs internationally.

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