Awards and Distinctions


Folkwang School prize for high achievement


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


North Rhine-Westphalia funding award for young artists


Eduard von der Heydt prize of the city of Wuppertal


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


Premio Simba theatre prize, Accademia Simba, Italy


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


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

Bessie Award for Dance and Performance, New York


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


Dance Critics Society prize, Japan


Toleranzorden (tolerance award) of the Wuppertal carnival association


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


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


Critics Award for Café Müller, Edinburgh Festival


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


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


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


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


Harry Edmonds Award from International House, New York

Bambi 98 (for culture)

European Theatre Prize


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


Life Time Achievement Award at the 2000 Istanbul Festival

International Association of Performing Arts award


Hanseatic Goethe prize

The Harbourfront Centre World Leaders Prize, Toronto, Canada


Bessie Award, New York


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

Spanish world art prize, Valldigna 2003


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

Nijinsky Award, Monte Carlo


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


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


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


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


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.

Pina Bausch
Pina Bausch 1940 – 2009
Foto: Wilfried Krüger
Tanztheater Wuppertal - Pina Bausch