The Four Pillar Concept

The idea for the Pina Bausch Centre combines tradition with innovation, artistic excellence with a democratic notion of the arts. It will be internationally influential while involving the local community. It will be supported by four pillars, interacting but autonomous: the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, the Pina Bausch Foundation, a centre for international productions, and the Wupperbogen Forum. Each of these pillars will enjoy the synergies of consolidation under a shared roof, in terms both of their activities and organisation. Visitors will be able to experience a unique, genre-spanning programme which will rethink the stage and the medium of theatre and allow it to be experienced in new ways.

© Helmut Drinhaus
© Helmut Drinhaus

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

The internationally acclaimed Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch will be given a dedicated, permanent performance venue at the Pina Bausch Centre. This will allow the ensemble and its artistic director to strike new paths. Alongside maintaining its repertoire, the Tanztheater Wuppertal will develop a modern Profile and work in varying formats with interesting artists from other disciplines who, like Pina Bausch, stand for change and for challenging boundaries. At the Pina Bausch Centre the company’s reorientation and opening will be given space and time, allowing developments which will lead the Tanztheater Wuppertal into a new era.

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100% Yogyakarta, Rimini Protokoll, © Ramos Pane – Goethe-Institut Indonesia
100% Yogyakarta, Rimini Protokoll, © Ramos Pane – Goethe-Institut Indonesia

Production Centre

With its flexible, generous infrastructure, the Pina Bausch Centre will offer artistic productions of international status professional conditions and extensive freedom. It will have the potential to win exclusive rights to daring, influential works by internationally active artists. The Production Centre will offer large, multidisciplinary stage productions from Germany and the world the space and opportunity for world, German or European premieres, or revivals, following any necessary final rehearsals in Wuppertal. At the same time new projects and in-house series will be initiated.

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Photo Ulli Weiss, © Pina Bausch Foundation
Photo Ulli Weiss, © Pina Bausch Foundation

Pina Bausch Foundation

The Pina Bausch Foundation is currently itemising Pina Bausch’s extensive artistic heritage to make it accessible in the form of an archive. The foundation’s aim is to keep the diverse material and invaluable knowledge of this unique artistic oeuvre alive, so that it can continue to inspire succeeding generations and provoke new creative activities.

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© Stadt Wuppertal
© Stadt Wuppertal

Wupperbogen Forum

Pina Bausch was a pioneer of what are now known as participatory methods. Over the last twenty years such techniques have been developed further, within the independent scene initially, later also in municipal theatres. As institutions, however, municipal theatres have undertaken only minimal structural re-education. This is where the Wupperbogen Forum will step in. It will be a laboratory for the future development of cultural institutions, in which the subjects and aesthetic forms of participatory projects can be pursued consistently and applied to the whole institution.

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