Double success: Two awards for dancers and choreographers of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in 2019

Nazareth Panadero was awarded the “Medalla de Oro al mérito en las Bellas Artes 2019” (gold medal for services to the arts) by the Spanish Ministry of Culture for her distinguished career as a creative artist, performer and teacher in the field of contemporary dance. She was honoured for her contribution to the art form as an internationally acclaimed, Madrid-born artist. Previous winners of the award include renowned artists such as Salvador Dali, Luis Buñuel, Pedro Almodovar, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Joan Miró, María La Ribot and others. The awards ceremony will take place at a later date.




Dimitris Papaioannou was recognised for his production “Since She”, which was performed by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Catenzaro (Italy) in September 2019. The dance magazine Danza&Danza awarded it “Production of the Year 2019” in the contemporary dance category, alongside William Forsythe.





The Seven Deadly Sin - Dance evening by Pina Bausch



Bluebeard. While Listening to a Tape Recording of Béla Bartók's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle" - A Piece by Pina Bausch


Workshop for Professionals

Franko Schmidt, dancer at the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch since 2004, offers with the workshop on January 26th an introduction into the Jooss-Leeder Method, which was developed and taught at the Folkwang School of Arts as a form of contemporary dance that has its roots in Rudolf von Laban’s theories of movement. It greatly influenced German Expressionist dance in the 1930s and was also the point of origin for the emergence of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater. The aim is to understand movement principles, to consciously experience the movement components of time, space and force through the senses, and to develop the body as an expressive instrument. The workshop will enable dancers to improve their technical and expressive abilities. Choreographers and teachers will gain new impulses for their own work by engaging deeply with these movement principles.


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The 2019-2020 season

draws great strength from the fact that Pina Bausch spent 40 years creating the most magnificent dance pieces in Wuppertal and other cities all over the world. Now we are able to choose what is most important to us and what we want to see again.

The repertoire in 2019/2020 will be made up of nine works: 32 performances at the Opera House Wuppertal and a new edition of the Underground series with new productions by choreographers from the ensemble at the Schauspielhaus, the new Pina Bausch Centre, and the Glass Pavilion in the Sculpture Park in early November 2019.

In June 2020 there will be a new premiere, entitled Encounters, which will bring together the ensemble of the Tanztheater and choreographers, musicians and visual artists: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Richard Siegal, Monika Gintersdorfer/Knut Klaßen, Helena Waldmann and Rainer Behr.

»I think it is important to know the world one lives in.«

Pina Bausch

searching & finding

Programme for children and young people

From the 2019/2020 season onwards, the Tanztheater Wuppertal will offer participatory projects for all types of schools on topics related to the upcoming season. Members of the ensemble and a variety of guest artists will work with young people to design projects in a collaborative process. Young people will have the opportunity to meet artists, participate in artistic creation and learn to express themselves through music, language, movement and creative design.





»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