PINA40 – 40 Jahre Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
Vorsichtshalber Vorsichtig – Three installations by Peter Pabst proves highly popular

The exhibition in Waldfrieden Sculpture Park in memory of Pina Bausch is extended due to the huge public response
Over 4,500 people visited the exhibition Vorsichtshalber Vorsichtig during its first three weekends, and as a result of this success it is being extended till 9 March 2014

Peter Pabst – long term set designer for Pina Bausch – has created three installations specially for Tony Cragg’s Waldfrieden Sculpture Park as part of the PINA40 anniversary season:

Outside, the windows of the Villa Waldfrieden, with its organic architecture, are filled with videos sequences from Pina Bausch’s dance pieces; inside, in the cool, minimal glass pavilion surrounded by woodland trees, quotations and questions the choreographer asked her dancers over the years form part of an installation visitors can walk through; finally a mountain of rose petals, part of the set for Der Fensterputzer (The Window Washer), acquires a new, sculptural aura, removed from the stage and placed in the park’s new gallery.

This exceptional project was made possible in particular by a grant from the Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia).

“The Kunststiftung NRW is delighted by the huge public response to the exhibition Caution as Precaution by Peter Pabst, particularly given that Pabst’s work in Waldfrieden Sculpture Park was realised thanks to our funding – along with the series of events by fellow artists, Friends, and the extensive film programme organised as part of PINA40. In its 2014 budget the Kunststiftung NRW has made € 120,000 available for PINA40. We see the festival as a worthy tribute to the life work of Pina Bausch which at the same time offers perspectives on the future role of the Tanztheater Wuppertal.”

Prof Hans-Joachim Wagner, head of music and performing arts, Kunststiftung NRW

The exhibition has been extended with the support of CT Creative Technology GmbH & Co. KG. And with the generous assistance of the Cragg Foundation.

Opening times:
Till 28 February: Monday-Sunday, 10.00-17.00 (last admission 17.00)
From 1 March: Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00-19.00
Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden (Waldfrieden Sculpture Park)
Hirschstraße 12
42285 Wuppertal

Co-organised by: the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the city of Wuppertal, the federal capital Dusseldorf, and the city of Essen. Sponsored by: the Ministry for Families, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the city of Wuppertal together with the Dr Werner Jackstadt Foundation, the Cultural Department of the federal capital Dusseldorf, the cultural office of Essen, and the Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia). The anniversary season 2013/2014 was conceived in close partnership with the Pina Bausch Foundation.


Press Release 17 April 2013

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Lutz Förster takes over as artistic director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. The company announce a fundamental reorientation / change of direction.

Wuppertal, April 2013 after long and detailed discussions Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch have decided unanimously to begin the next season with a new management team. Lutz Förster, long-term ensemble member, and professor at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, will take over as artistic director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, responsible for the company’s work, with immediate effect. At their own request, Dominique Mercy and Robert Sturm have stepped down as artistic directors and as members of the management team. They had agreed to lead the ensemble at short notice following the death of Pina Bausch.

Wuppertal’s mayor Peter Jung said, “Dominique Mercy and Robert Sturm have led the company successfully through a very difficult time, with huge challenges and some exceptional projects. Together with the managing director Dirk Hesse they have paved the way for the future. This time, with the many decisions involved, has cost them a great deal of energy. Dominique Mercy and Robert Sturm have therefore now requested to be relieved of their posts. We greatly appreciate their immense dedication. In the name of the town of Wuppertal, I would like to thank the ensemble for everything it has achieved during this difficult period.”

Ursula Schulz, chair of the advisory board said, “we are delighted to have to secured Lutz Förster, a close colleague of Pina Bausch, as artistic director of the company. This ensures that Pina Bausch’s name and artistic legacy will be maintained to a high standard. We see this as both a goal and a challenge.”

A future for dance in Wuppertal

Along with this change in personnel, the company is also announcing a change of direction, which will be clearly evident during the 2015/16 season, with new productions in the future. The town of Wuppertal and the land of North-Rhine Westphalia have already promised funding for the Tanztheater Wuppertal for 2015 and beyond. Mayor Peter Jung: “the town of Wuppertal has always done everything in its power to support the ensemble and have consistently ring-fenced funding for the Tanztheater Wuppertal. This has never been contentious, although the town has had to make sweeping cuts in all areas, and it will remain so in the future.”

“The company’s change of direction,” says managing director Dirk Hesse, “is the result of an intensive discussion process on the mid- and long-term perspectives for the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Nearly four years after the death of Pina Bausch it is clear to everyone involved that for her works to retain their stage presence, they must be handed down to new generations.” In accordance with Pina Bausch’s wishes and her bequest, Wuppertal is to remain a centre for dance. In the mean time, however, the dance world will be presented with a very special experience of the ensemble and the work of Pina Bausch. In August 2013 the Tanztheater Wuppertal will enter its 40th season and is currently putting together an anniversary programme, which will be announced in June 2013.

We are happy to answer any further questions.


Ursula Popp

Press and publicity, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

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