The Piece with the Ship - A Piece by Pina Bausch

In November, the Tanztheater Wuppertal will embark on the ambitious endeavour of restaging The Piece with the Ship. Rarely seen, the piece premiered in Wuppertal in 1993 and was last performed in Saitama, Japan, 24 years ago. The restaging features a new intergenerational cast.



Realised at the Opera House Wuppertal by Barbara Kaufmann, Héléna Pikon and Julie Anne Stanzak as rehearsal directors, in collaboration with dancers from the piece’s original cast and the Israeli artist Saar Magal, the restaging launches the performance series Pina Bausch Centre under construction, which will take place at the Altes Schauspielhaus in Wuppertal from 21 – 29 November 2020.

Further information will be published on pinabauschzentrum.de and pina-bausch.de at the end of October.



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