Awards and Distinctions

 
1958

Folkwang School prize for high achievement

1969

Im Wind der Zeit, with music by Mirko Dorner, wins first prize at the second International Choreography Competition in Cologne

1973

North Rhine-Westphalia funding award for young artists

1978

Eduard von der Heydt prize of the city of Wuppertal

1980

Premio de la Critica Danza, awarded by El Circolo de Criticos de Arte, Italy

1982

Premio Simba theatre prize, Accademia Simba, Italy

1983

Premio UBU 1982/83, prize for the best foreign theatre, Italy

1984

Deutscher Kritiker Preis awarded by the association of German critics in the Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Bessie Award for Dance and Performance, New York

1986

Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, presented by German president Richard von Weizsäcker

1987

Dance Critics Society prize, Japan

1988

Toleranzorden (tolerance award) of the Wuppertal carnival association

1990

The international Academia Medicea's Lorenzo il Magnifico prize, Florence

Premio Aurel Milloss awarded as part of the Premio Gino Tani, Rome

The Federal Republic of Germany branch of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) awards her its prize on the occasion of World Theatre Day 1990, presented by President August Everding
Premio UBU, Italy

North Rhine-Westphalia state prize, presented by the minister president of North Rhine-Westphalia, Johannes Rau

1991

Prix SACD 1991 (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs dramatique) for dance, Paris

Rheinischer Kulturpreis (prize for Rhineland culture) awarded by the Sparkassenstiftung zur Förderung rheinischen Kulturgutes (banking trust for supporting Rhineland culture, Düsseldorf

International Fontana di Roma prize, awarded by the Centro Internazionale Arte e Cultura la Sponda

Danza+Danza magazine prize, Treviso, Italy

Named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in Paris by French minister of culture Jack Lang

Awarded Una Vita per la Danza prize in Positano, Italy

1992

Critics Award for Café Müller, Edinburgh Festival

1993

UNESCO Picasso Medal (in conjunction with the opening event of the 25th world congress of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) in Munich

Eduard von der Heydt prize awarded to the Tanztheater Wuppertal

1994

Awarded the Cruz da Ordem Militar de Santiago de Espada in Lisbon by the Portuguese president Mário Suares

1995

German dance prize awarded by the German professional association for dance education

Joana Maria Gorvin prize awarded by the German Akademie der Schönen Künste in Berlin

1997

Berlin theatre prize

Prize of the foundation for Prussian maritime trade

Accepted in to the order Pour le Mérite

Great cross of the order of merit with star and shoulder band of the Federal Republic of Germany

Premio UBU, Italy

Ring of honour of the city of Wuppertal

1998

Harry Edmonds Award from International House, New York

Bambi 98 (for culture)

European Theatre Prize

1999

Samuel H. Scripps
American Dance Festival Award

Praemium Imperiale for theatre and film awarded by the Japan Art Association, presented by Prince Hitachi

Honorary doctorate (laurea honoris causa) of the University of Bologna for the fields of visual art, music and theatre

2000

Life Time Achievement Award at the 2000 Istanbul Festival

International Association of Performing Arts award

2001

Hanseatic Goethe prize

The Harbourfront Centre World Leaders Prize, Toronto, Canada

2002

Bessie Award, New York

2003

Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris

Spanish world art prize, Valldigna 2003

2004

Commander's cross of the order of merit of the republic of Italy

Nijinsky Award, Monte Carlo

2005

Golden Mask for the best foreign production, Golden Mask Festival of Performing Arts, Moskau

Wuppertal business prize for city marketing

Honorary PR Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

Golden suspended monorail train 2005 from the Wuppertal union of citizens and local associations

2006

Laurence Olivier Award, London, for Nelken

Honorary doctorate (laurea honoris causa) from the Juilliard School, New York

Honorary director (Direzione Onoraria) of the Accademia Nazionale di Danza, Rome

The Snow Queen's Walking Stick', Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

2007

Orden al Mérito Artístico y Cultural Pablo Neruda
des Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes de Chile (Pablo Neruda order of artistic and cultural merit of the Chilean national council of culture and the arts), awarded by the Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.

Leone d'oro alla carrier (golden lion, awarded for a life's work), 2007 Venice Biennale

Kyoto prize, art and philosophy category, awarded by the Inamori foundation, Kyoto

2008

City of Frankfurt Goethe prize, 2008, presented by Wim Wenders

Order of the rising sun on a headband with golden rays, awarded by the Japanese imperial house.

Music prize of the city of Duisburg

Dance Magazine Award, New York

Honorary citizenship of the city of Wuppertal

2009

Laurence Olivier Award 'The Best New Dance Production' for Café Müller and Das Frühlingsopfer (The Rite of Spring)

Appointment as founding and full member of the newly established faculty of arts at the Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf

Appointment as Foreign Honorary Member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge Massachusetts, Section Performing Arts.

Awarded the Faust - German theatre prize posthumously for her life's work, in recognition of her enormous achievements for dance theatre in Germany.

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