Press release regarding the press conference on 1 February 2016 at the Schauspielhaus auf der Kulturinsel am Wupperbogen theatre to announce an “Intendant” for the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Panellists: Minister for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Christina Kampmann; the Lord Mayor of the City of Wuppertal, Andreas Mucke; the Municipal Director of the City of Wuppertal, Dr Johannes Slawig; the Managing Director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch GmbH, Dirk Hesse; and the designated “Intendant”, Adolphe Binder.

Adolphe Binder to become “Intendant” of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Adolphe Binder, currently Artistic Director of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in Sweden will be taking up the post of “Intendant” of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in May 2017. The Tanztheater’s board agreed unanimously today, Monday, to appoint her to the position.

Adolphe Binder was born in Romania and grew up in Germany; during the course of her career she has worked, among other things, as Head Dramatic Advisor at Deutsche Oper in Berlin; as Artistic Director and Managing Director of the Tanztheater at Komische Oper Berlin (later BerlinBallet) and as curator and programme director for numerous international dance organisations. She has been head of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani (formerly known as Göteborg Ballet), made up of 38 dancers from 17 countries, since 2011; is a member of the directorship and initiator and creative producer of numerous national and international projects. (CV attached)

“In the person of Adolphe Binder North Rhine-Westphalia welcomes an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance personality. We are confident that she will be able to continue development of our international ensemble to the same high standard, as well as to lead it into the future,” says Minister for Culture Christina Kampmann. “She is not only an excellent communicator with an extensive network but also an ardent advocate of her causes and will be a great asset to North Rhine-Westphalia in its function as a centre of dance.”

The appointment of 46-year old Adolphe Binder comes at a time of change for the company, which initiated a process of further development in the 2015/2016 season. “Binder represents a visionary, committed partner in the future of this exceptional ensemble,” says Andreas Mucke, Lord Mayor of the City of Wuppertal. Adolphe Binder, whose contract will initially run until 31 July 2022 with an option for prolongation, will prepare for her directorship in the period leading up to May 2017, during which time she will also become actively involved with the ensemble. “This is the right moment for structural changes,” emphasizes Wuppertal’s Municipal Director, Dr Johannes Slawig, “as well as for the development of new ideas and innovative formats.” 

“This is one of the happiest and most fulfilling days of my professional life,” said Adolphe Binder. “To be asked by Pina Bausch’s great ensemble and the Board of this iconic institution to be its “Intendant” is truly an honour. My heart is full and I am looking forward very much to returning to Germany to continue the international success of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, also in relation to the planned Pina Bausch Centre.”

Lutz Förster will continue to assist the Tanztheater Wuppertal in his function as Artistic Director until summer 2016 before resuming his teaching duties at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen at the beginning of the 2016/2017 winter semester.

Adolphe Binder

Artistic Director of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Sweden since 2011. 

Her current dance company became over the recent years one of Europe’s most prestigious and the largest in the Nordic region.

Under Adolphe Binder’s artistic leadership and initiative the company has premiered some 50 productions (including over 30 world premieres and 6 participation projects). The focus has been on original scenic and musical works. The company has since toured more than 30 cities worldwide.

Binder’s focus lies on the conception and development of multi-disciplinary artistic projects. She has been active as a curator, producer, consultant, dramaturge and programmer. The former Artistic Director of contemporary BerlinBallett has many years’ experience in the cultural field. During the course of her career she has worked at theatres and opera houses; festivals; for culture magazines and an underground club. Her professional life has been characterized by collaborations with a variety of cultural institutions ranging from Schauspiel Hannover; publishing house the Friedrich Verlag; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Komische Oper Berlin and EXPO 2000 Hannover to her own artistic advisory and creative agency BPB, which she managed until 2011. Adolphe Binder has been, and is, a member of diverse boards and juries on the international dance scene.


Press contact:

Ursula Popp

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Phone + 49 (0)202 563 6720


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