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Tickets are now available for Rainer Behr'S choreography Schlafende Frau (Sleeping Woman).

Working closely with Susanne Stehle (costumes), Michael Simon (stage and lighting) and Andreas Eisenschneider (music), the Wuppertal ensemble explores the theme of dissolution in Rainer Behr’s new production. The gradual transformation of the symbols of our time is the choreographic starting point for an expedition into the unknown. An encounter with an endangered world. The shocking realisation that things are irreversible becomes manifest in sensuous and dynamic dances.

World premiere 20 January 2022, further performances 21, 22, 23 January 2022

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Pina Bausch Zentrum under construction

WUPPERTAL AKTUELL | Press information 24 November 2021

It is with deep regret that the City of Wuppertal has decided today to postpone the international 48-hour dance festival under construction – underdogs and role models to next spring in response to the rising coronavirus figures in NRW and Wuppertal.
The Schauspielhaus and future Pina Bausch Centre, of which currently only the foyer areas, corridors and courtyards are publicly accessible, is not suitable for implementing and enforcing strict hygiene measures such as “2G” or “2G+”. Because there are no fixed seats, it is not possible to arrange the audience in a socially distanced way, nor can the spaces be sufficiently ventilated for large groups of people. The festival curators Bettina Wagner-Bergelt and Stefan Dreher had developed a concept that was based on groups of people moving though the building much like in a nightclub. The festival was meant to be a communal celebration of dance for all.
As this is not feasible at the moment, the entire festival with its current programme will be moved to the weekend of 6th – 8th May 2022.
If you have already booked a ticket, you will of course receive a refund. We ask for your patience as we deal with this. You will receive an email with details soon.


Artist Talk Anish Kapoor and Richard Siegal

On the occasion of the world premiere of ECTOPIA on November 6, sculptor Anish Kapoor and choreographer Richard Siegal talk about their collaboration and what moves them as artists. Anish Kapoor's installation "Shooting into the Corner," originally developed in 2008 for museums and galleries, is now seen for the first time on a stage. What fascinates the two artists about each that they entered in this partnership?
in English

ECTOPIA, a collaboration between Richard Siegal, Anish Kapoor and Alva Noto, celebrated its world premiere on November 6 at 7:30pm, at the Forum Leverkusen.

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. Alva Noto, one of the most exciting contemporary composers of electronic music, created a new composition especially for this piece, which also receives its world premiere on this evening. 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


Boris Charmatz is new director from September 2022 on

Dear Boris Charmatz,

It is the end of a long, intensive search and also a new beginning. A process at the end of which we have the pleasure to welcome you as the future director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
One of the tasks we faced when we took over the artistic and executive directorship of the company in January 2019 was to work with the ensemble to initiate the search for a new, permanent artistic leader. One that would make a new beginning possible. Our ambition was to allow the ensemble’s expertise and experience to influence the process in a democratic way. Even the people who publicly doubted us and grew impatient at our slow progress did not deter us.
The fact that the selection committee with its two elected representatives of the ensemble and the Board of Directors came to a unanimous decision shows that the process worked, even if there was much impatience at the end.

In you the ensemble has found an internationally renowned artist with a bold aesthetic – and someone who has long been interested in exploring and promoting our 20th century dance heritage.
We are happy for you because you will find that the working conditions here are wonderful. People who have always dedicated themselves exclusively to dance. Above all, we are happy for the ensemble because it can now look towards the future with you. An artistic future that is exciting and different and unexpected.
Pina Bausch was a brave artist who gathered brave people around her to follow her on her sometimes-difficult aesthetic journey. We wish you the same – that everyone will walk this path with you with courage and confidence!

With best wishes,
Bettina and Roger
Bettina Wagner-Bergelt, current Artistic Director, and Roger Christmann, Managing Director

LET'S TALK ABOUT DANCE. Tanztheater Calling

The official podcast of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

Season 1

Why do we dance?

In this first season, Marc Wagenbach spoke with dancers, staff, and guest artists of the Tanztheater about Pina Bausch, dance as an art and form of expression, backstage secrets, the role of art in social and political debates, personal stories, the past, the present, and the future.

Süß und Sauer mit Bettina Wagner-Bergelt

Sweet and Sour - with Bettina Wagner-Bergelt

Gestrandet an der Wupper - mit Barbara Kaufmann

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

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

Warten auf den Weihnachtsmann - Weihnachtsspecial mit Roger Christmann

Waiting for Santa - Christmas Special with Oleg Stepanov

Me, Myself and I - with Julie Shanahan

Approaching Anna - with Stephanie Troyak

Being on a journay - with Dean Biosca

In the moment - with Christopher Tandy

How to shine? From gardening, dancing and healing bodies - with Bernd Uwe Marszan

Wand an Wand - mit Çağdaş Ermis



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»The questions never stop, and the search never ceases. There’s something infinite in it, and that’s what’s so wonderful about it.«

Pina Bausch