Open air cinema

On 24th and 25th September 2021, WUPPERwerft and the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch jointly present the film version of Rainer Behr’s piece Schlafende Frau (Sleeping Woman) at the open-air cinema Dach der Stadt on the Nordbahntrasse.

Tickets are available at Wuppertal-Live for 5€, at the box office for 7€.

Admission from 6:30pm, film starts at 7:30pm.

Further information about the film

We're dancing again!

Dear Audience, Dear Friends of the Tanztheater,

we are delighted to be able to perform for a live audience again, here in the region and all over Europe. We are overjoyed to be able to realise our planned tours on the start of the 2021/22 season. This is the first time that the ensemble will visit both Saint Petersburg and Clermont-Ferrand.

On 6th November is the premiere of Richard Siegal’s new work ECTOPIA performed with SHOOTING INTO THE CORNER (2008-09) by Anish Kapoor, which was due to open in the 2020/2021 season but had to be postponed. Due to devastating flood damage, it will not take place in the opera house in Wuppertal as planned but at the Forum Leverkusen. We are more than pleased with the expressions of solidarity from the Forum Leverkusen to make the performances that had originally been planned for Wuppertal possible at such short notice.

For our Wuppertal audience, a shuttle service will operate between the opera house and the Forum Leverkusen.

Ticket sale starts on September 17 at 10am. Further information about ECTOPIA

The performances of Palermo Palermo, which were also planned to take place in Wuppertal in November 2021, have had to be postponed.

On 24th and 25th September 2021, WUPPERwerft and the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch jointly present the film version of Rainer Behr’s piece Schlafende Frau (Sleeping Woman) at the open-air cinema Dach der Stadt Open Air on the Nordbahntrasse.

Tickets are available at Wuppertal-Live. Further information about the film

The world premiere of the stage version of the piece is planned for January 2022.

I am very happy that we are now continuing the collaboration with Ben J. Riepe’s ensemble that we began in March, and that it is resulting in a live performance. The live premiere of Ben J. Riepe’s CREATURE with dancers of the Tanztheater will take place next Friday, September 10 from 8-22pm at the future Pina Bausch Centre/Schauspielhaus Wuppertal.

Welcome to Wuppertal Nicholas Losada and Reginald Lefebvre. The two dancers from the USA and Corsica have been members of the ensemble since the beginning of the 2021/22 season.

I wish you an exciting 2021/22 season and look forward to welcoming you back in person soon.


Bettina Wagner-Bergelt



Event information

Ahab, the Pequod, Moby-Dick - a captain, his ship, the crew and a white whale. Already for a long time, this story has been considered to be a myth...

Herman Melville's MOBY DICK staged by Robert Sturm to the original music by Alexander Balanescu and in the set design created by sculptor Tony Cragg.

With the four former dancers of Pina Bausch Ed Kortlandt, Jan Minarik, Jean Laurent Sasportes and Mark Sieczkarek and the four actors Luise Kinner, Bernd Kuschmann, Jörg Reimers und Pierre Siegenthaler.

Premiere: 4. September, RIEDEL Communications, Halle V, Wuppertal

more shows 5., 7., 8., 10., 11., 12., 17., 18., 19. September 2021


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Stranded on the Shores of the Wupper - with Julie Anne Stanzak

Stranded on the Shores of the Wupper Part II - with Saar Magal

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Waiting for Santa - Christmas Special with Oleg Stepanov

Me, Myself and I - with Julie Shanahan

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In the moment - with Christopher Tandy

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