Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch was born 1940 in Solingen and died 2009 in Wuppertal. She received her dance training at the Folkwang School in Essen under Kurt Jooss, where she achieved technical excellence. The director of Wuppertal’s theatres, Arno Wüstenhöfer, engaged her as choreographer in autumn 1973, and soon after she renamed the ensemble the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Under this name, although controversial at the beginning, the company gradually achieved international recognition. Its combination of poetic and everyday elements influenced the international development of dance decisively. Awarded some of the greatest prizes and honours world-wide, Pina Bausch is one of the most significant choreographers of our time.

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Photo Wilfried Krüger, © Pina Bausch Foundation
Photo Wilfried Krüger, © Pina Bausch Foundation
© Oliver Look
© Oliver Look

The Background

After Pina Bausch’s death in 2009 the search began in Wuppertal for ways to preserve the dancer and choreographer’s artistic heritage in the long term. These discussions led first and foremost to the establishment of the Pina Bausch Foundation, on the initiative of her son, Salomon Bausch, and her partner, Ronald Kay. At the same time discussions continued on the future of Wuppertal’s main theatre, the Schauspielhaus, which had served for years (along with Wuppertal Opera House) as a rehearsal and performance venue for the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

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© Stadt Wuppertal, Medienzentrum, Antje Zeis-Loi
© Stadt Wuppertal, Medienzentrum, Antje Zeis-Loi

Funding

With the support of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal city council has cleared the way for a detailed preliminary study. The German government has offered half of the maximum 58 million euro investment needed. The other half will be met by the state, the city, sponsors, foundations, public fundraising initiatives and donations. Once all essential requirements have been met, the city council will be able to pass an implementation resolution to begin the project.

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