LET'S TALK ABOUT DANCE. Tanztheater Calling

The official podcast of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.


LET'S TALK ABOUT DANCE. Tanztheater Calling


Stranded on the shores of the Wupper Part II – with Saar Magal

Marc and Saar speak about topics related to The Piece with the Ship by Pina Bausch, such as sadness, loneliness, and how relevant these feelings currently are in our lives due to the Covid-19 crisis. Saar describes her work with the company on the restaging of the piece and her role as an ‘external eye’. Her aim is to enable the dancers to find their own story in the role and in the piece.What is the essence of the original and what is the essence of the performers in the piece?Together with the rehearsal directors Barbara Kaufmann, Héléna Pikon and Julie Anne Stanzak, the Israeli artist Saar Magal is helping to bring the 1993 work The Piece with the Ship back to the stage.



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Pina Bausch Zentrum Under Construction

We’ll visit you at home! Joined by international guest artists, dancers, researchers and you, the people of Wuppertal, we are setting out on a journey to explore what togetherness means to us. From 21 to 29 November 2020 we will dream up visions of a future Pina Bausch Centre in Wuppertal: here and around the world. How can we build a house together?

We are looking forward to online workshops, live-streamed performances and digital events with you.

The Pina Bausch Centre is a project by the City of Wuppertal, co-funded by the State of North-Rhine Westphalia and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in collaboration with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and the Pina Bausch Foundation.

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Further information will be available here from mid-November: under-construction-wuppertal.de

Dear Audience, dear Friends of the Tanztheater,

Theatres and artists everywhere are facing great challenges in these difficult times. We have no choice but to adapt to the current circumstances and follow the latest government guidelines and rules.

All German theatres have been ordered to remain closed throughout November due to the rise in coronavirus cases. The planned performances of The Piece with the Ship on 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 29th November 2020 are therefore cancelled. As the company’s artistic director, I am very sorry and disappointed to have to announce this, especially as I know that you have booked tickets and have been looking forward to coming.

The dancers, rehearsal directors, guest choreographer Saar Magal, the entire Tanztheater team and I hope to be able to present the re-staging of The Piece with the Ship – A Piece by Pina Bausch in Wuppertal in January 2021.

We will keep you updated.

Stay safe and healthy.
Best wishes,

Bettina Wagner-Bergelt

As the new season starts, we are presenting the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal in a new way: as well as offering insights into the dancers’ artistic biographies for the very first time, we are also publishing snapshots of them performing in recent works as part of our new project FACES. Each image captures an instant, a mere fraction of a second, in the transformation process that a dancer goes through when he or she dances in a piece by Pina Bausch. The black-and-white photographs are not intended to be portraits, but rather the response of another artist – the photographer Jochen Viehoff – to the dancer’s body, face and movement in a moment of rapture. It is only on stage that such heightened moments of transformation and magic can take place.

As time goes on, new photographs will be added to document the wide range of expression in Pina Bausch’s works.

Bettina Wagner-Bergelt











»The questions never stop, and the search never ceases. There’s something infinite in it, and that’s what’s so wonderful about it.«

Pina Bausch