Pina Bausch Zentrum

  • Kommunale Geodaten der Stadt Wuppertal (Bildnummer N02017a), © Stadt Wuppertal, Ressort Vermessung, Katasteramt und Geodaten
  • Kommunale Geodaten der Stadt Wuppertal (Bildnummer N02017o), © Stadt Wuppertal, Ressort Vermessung, Katasteramt und Geodaten
  • Kommunale Geodaten der Stadt Wuppertal (Bildnummer N02017d), © Stadt Wuppertal, Ressort Vermessung, Katasteramt und Geodaten


The Schauspielhaus Wuppertal, a theatre for plays, was opened in 1966. For Pina Bausch, this theatre was the most important domain, her favourite. She developed a major part of her plays for this venue. Five decades after its opening, the heritage listed building, which still appears ultra-modern, seems to be on the verge of a new lease of life - as part of the planned Pina Bausch Centre.

Porträt Pina Bausch während Proben in der Lichtburg, 1996


Pina Bausch wrote dance, theatre and cultural history. The unique work and artistic estate of the choreographer and dancer have the status of national cultural heritage. In order to preserve and develop this heritage and to give it new points of reference, the Pina Bausch Centre will be created at the Schauspielhaus Wuppertal: a national and international place of crystallisation for art and culture, open to active participation, to questions and answers of civil society.

Wuppertal City Council has paved the way for a thorough preliminary study with the support of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The federal government has held out the prospect of providing half of the maximum EUR 58 million needed for the subsequent investment. The other half will be provided by North Rhine-Westphalia, the city as well as sponsors, foundations, civic involvement and donations. The planning documents will be scrutinised within the scope of an informal inquiry. Once all prerequisites are in place, the City Council will finally set everything in motion with an implementation decision.


The concept for the content of the Pina Bausch Centre combines tradition and awakening, artistic excellence and a democratic understanding of art, international radiance and the involvement of urban society. This will be supported by four interacting but autonomous pillars. Each of these pillars should programmatically and organisationally employ the synergies of the merger under a common roof.

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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

The world-renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is to get its own performance venue which also acts as a symbol both for its artistic development and its further development. Many plays by Pina Bausch are still performed. With its countless guest performances and tours on various continents, the international ensemble is considered an important cultural ambassador for Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia as a place for dance, and the Federal Republic of Germany. The Dance Theatre is also developing a new profile, appointing new ensemble members and bringing the timeless plays by Pina Bausch and new works by other choreographers to the stage. New forms of staging are also being developed in collaboration with extraordinary artists from other disciplines.

To the dance theatre’s website  

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The Pina Bausch Centre is intended to offer large, interdisciplinary productions by independent ensembles of stature everything they generally lack for the final rehearsals before a premiere: different rooms, professional technical conditions and a motivated team. This should attract high-class first performances, European and German premieres as well as revivals. The Pina Bausch Centre should also initiate new projects and its own programme series. These will be joined by guest performances of current productions by important companies. Wuppertal will thus become a hub and home for trendsetting artists and projects from Germany and abroad.

Pina Bausch während Proben in der Lichtburg, um 1978.

Pina Bausch Foundation

The Pina Bausch Foundation aims to make the artistic estate of the important choreographer accessible in a digital archive. The goal is to keep the diverse materials and knowledge about the creative work of Pina Bausch alive so that it inspires subsequent generations to undertake new and creative activities. The archive, as an open place of learning and encounter, should be a point of attraction and centre of the global theoretical and practical debate over the artist's work. The offers (e.g. fellowships, lectures, congresses, exhibitions, workshops) should be aimed at professional dancers - especially with a view to the training of the next generation - and to people of various ages, origins and education who have an interest in culture.

To the foundation’s website  

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A forum for gatherings and participation should also be created in the Pina Bausch Centre in accordance with current social needs and requirements. Different generations, artists, scientists, urbanists and experts from the field of social work are expected to make the centre a public place with existing initiatives and new formats. Similar to the way in which Pina Bausch posed questions and tasks that her dancers translated into stage works, new stimulating and participative forms should be developed, presented and tried out in the “Forum Wupperbogen”. The Forum should therefore provide space for dialogue between the widest possible cross-section of the public and an opportunity to surmount the threshold to art and culture.

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