|Lucille, blowing smoke as usual. Tony Hale & Jessica Walter in Arrested Development|
I doubt that show creator Mitch Hurwitz is quoting Pina, but they both followed a sight-gag formula that completely works. I think Pina may have done a similar gag with water being transferred from one dancer's mouth to another. But it isn't so much the specifics as it is one person's completely ridiculous servilitude, or debasement, for another's profit or convenience. In Pina's work, it's usually a man, or men, serving a woman, hurrying or contorting himself as she takes her sweet time completing an action.
|Pina Bausch's Masurca Fogo|
This was also part of Pina's great appeal. Each scene offered a different gag, or poignancy, or dance, or life celebration or test, and by the end of a work, these accumulated into a larger thing. The experience may be exhausting, but odds are your heart and soul got a good workout.