Complete Works

The Piece with the Ship

A Piece by Pina Bausch

Launching the event series Pina Bausch Centre under construction on 21st November 2020 is a unique streaming format: on the occasion of the re-staging of Pina Bausch’s 1993 piece The Piece with the Ship, the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Pina Bausch Foundation, Salomon Bausch and Peter Pabst have developed a live-streamed version of the rarely performed piece under the enigmatic title “the ship is the ship is… the piece with the ship goes digital”. Entirely in keeping with the hybrid nature of the under construction programme, which seeks to combine three-dimensional and digital spaces in an innovative way, the live stream will incorporate strange and playful elements, using the architecture of the future Pina Bausch Centre and its urban surroundings to open up new aesthetic dimensions, including a performative meta-level. Not just the performance but also the projection of the performance on to the building’s façade will be live-streamed, free to view from all over the world.

Direction / Choreography

Set Design


Musical Collaboration


Christoph Willibald Gluck Georg Friedrich Händel Walther von der Vogelweide Matthias Burkert


2h 35min


with the Israeli artist


Niv Marinberg

Musical Direction


Christoph Iacono


16. Jan 1993 Opera House Wuppertal
Ruth Amarante, Nazareth Panadero, Héléna Pikon, Felix Ruckert, Jean-Laurent Sasportes, Julie Shanahan, Geraldo Si Loureiro, Julie Anne Stanzak, Janusz Subicz, Quincella Swyningan, Aida Vainieri, Jan Minarik (Jean Mindo), Dominique Mercy, Jakob Andersen, Mariko Aoyama, Hans Beenhakker, Matthias Burkert, Thomas Duchatelet, Barbara Kaufmann, Urs Kaufmann, Beatrice Libonati, Marigia Maggipinto, Bernd Uwe Marszan, Francis Viet

Guest performances

1996 Saitama 1995 Antwerp 1994 Lyon 1994 Paris