Frequently Asked Questions
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I don’t have an official degree in dance or choreography. Can I still apply for the fellowship?
Yes, an official degree is not a requirement for an application. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is open to all artists in the fields of dance and choreography who have worked in professional contexts for at least two years.
Can I apply as a company or with more than one person?
It is not possible to apply as a company or with more than one person.
Is there an age limit for the Pina Bausch Fellowship?
The application for the Pina Bausch Fellowship is not limited to any age.
Can I submit an application for the fellowship even if I have already applied in the previous years?
Yes, interested individuals may apply for the fellowship more than once. Participation as a fellow in the fellowship program is only possible once, however.
What is meant by cooperating partner?
The cooperating partner can be, for example, a renowned personality or institution from the fields of dance and choreography. For the preparation of the application you have to choose and inquire this partner yourself. A written confirmation (Letter of Intent) from the partner about the cooperation has to be submitted with the application. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is not a residency programme for working on your own artistic production. Rather, it enables the scholarship holders to get to know new ways of artistic expression and working methods through a cooperation. Content and structure of the cooperation is to be individually designed by you and your partner.
Does the cooperating partner have to be from a specific region or part of the world?
No, the choice of the cooperating partner is not dependent on residence or place of work. The partner can be from all parts of the world. Take a look at the cooperating partners of the previous years.
With what kind of proposal can I apply for the Pina Bausch Fellowship?
The Pina Bausch Fellowship wants to encourage artists in the field of dance and choreography to look for their own paths in artistic development and to describe them for their application. The personal interest is important: Why do you want to work with this partner for the fellowship? What and why do you want to learn from this cooperation partner? The fellowships can be realised on site with the cooperation partner, but can also take place virtually or hybrid. Through the different possibilities, the fellowship adapts to the individual situation of the artists and offers them the freedom to further develop their unique artistic style through mentoring, exchange and new experiences. The individual nature and structure of the cooperation are up to the creativity of the applicants and their cooperation partners.
Do I have to create and perform a new piece as part of my fellowship?
No, the Pina Bausch Fellowship does not aim at the creation of a new piece. At the end of the fellowship, the fellows share their experiences to the public in individual formats.
I am looking for funding for a project idea in the field of dance and performance. Can I apply for the Pina Bausch Fellowship?
No, the Pina Bausch Fellowship is explicitly not a project fund. It rather aims at supporting individual artists from the field of dance and choreography to develop personally and artistically by gaining new experiences within the framework of a cooperation.
When can my fellowship take place?
The fellowship 2023 can take place between September 1, 2023 and August 31, 2024. In this period you can work with your cooperating partner for a minimum of 3 months. The schedule that you and your cooperating partner agree on must be indicated in the application form. The fellowship does not have to start directly after the introductory week.
Does the fellowship have to be full-time?
The fellowship supports a wide range of collaborative formats. Depending on the fellowship format, the average number of hours per week may vary. Please note, that the amount of monthly funding depends on the average number of hours per week. For a part-time format (an average of 20 hours or less per week), you will receive 1,000 euros per month. For a full- time format (an average of 21 hours or more per week), you will receive 2,500 euros per month. A calculated average number of hours per week must be provided in the application form. The Brief Statement on your Planned Fellowship should give a rough time structure of your fellowship.
Can the cooperation with my partner spread over several months and contain longer breaks?
The fellowship supports a broad spectrum of cooperation formats. The time structure can be planned individually by you and the cooperation partner. The fellowship can include more time-intensive and less intensive periods or even breaks. These periods should be listed in the application. The individual funding amount depends on the duration of the fellowship and
Does the application have to be in a specific language?
Yes, the application needs to be in English in order for the international jury to understand.
What information should be included in the Brief Statement on your Planned Fellowship?
In the Brief Statement on your Planned Fellowship, you should briefly describe the planned fellowship with your partner and how your cooperation will be temporally structured. If your cooperation will contain different phases, you can briefly explain them here. The Brief Statement on your Planned Fellowship can contain a maximum of 500 characters including blanks.
What is a Letter of Intent?
The Letter of Intent is a letter of confirmation from your cooperating partner about the planned cooperation within the context of the fellowship. The Letter of Intent should contain the planned time frame as well as information on the planned structure, orientation and questions of the cooperation. The Letter of Intent is obligatory for a complete application and needs to be in English. It must be uploaded as PDF in the application form.
What is a Letter of Motivation?
In the Letter of Motivation you can describe your fellowship proposal in detail. It should explain your motivation for the planned cooperation and include a reference to your personal artistic development. Thus, the jury can understand why you chose your cooperation partner and which goals you are pursuing with the fellowship The Letter of Motivation can contain a maximum of 1000 characters including blanks.
What is meant by CV in Tabular Form?
The CV in Tabular Form should describe your artistic career as clearly and briefly as possible.
Education 2002-2004: BA Dance at University XY 2005-2006: MA Choreography at University XY
Work 2008: Performer in piece XY by choreographer XY ....
The CV in Tabular Form can contain a maximum of 1000 characters including blanks.
What kind of video material do I have to submit?
In the application form, one video (max. 5 min.) can be submitted. It is up to you what kind of video you choose. We recommend choosing a video that does not contain too many cuts and that best represents your artistic work in relation to your fellowship proposal.
Why should the video platforms YouTube and DailyMotion as well as the file-hosting service WeTransfer not be used?
Daily Motion and YouTube are not suitable for a trouble-free access due to advertising. The temporary download links of the file-hosting service WeTransfer are also not suitable for submitting videos for the application, as we cannot guarantee a timely download.
Which video platform do you recommend for the upload video material?
We recommend e.g. Vimeo. Here, a password-protected upload is also possible. Also, the sharing of a video via online file-repositories like Dropbox or Google Drive is suitable.
Which travel expenses have to be calculated?
For the application, two round-trip trips to the introductory and final week to Wuppertal need to be calculated. If the fellowship proposal includes a long-distance trip to the cooperation partner, information about the costs of the round trip to be submitted as well. If there is, airport transfer must also be included in the calculation. The calculated total travel costs will be paid to the fellows in addition to the grant. All the travel bookings in the context of the fellowship are to be made by the fellows themselves.
I have not received a confirmation mail. How can I find out if I have successfully submitted my application?
Please, check your spam folder first to see if you can find our confirmation there. If you have not received a confirmation mail, you can contact us.
What travels are planned as part of the fellowship?
The fellows will travel to Wuppertal for the introductory week before the start of the fellowship and for the final week after the end of their fellowship. Depending on the fellowship format, further trips may be planned.
Have the dates for the introductory and final weeks in Wuppertal already been set?
The introductory week in Wuppertal will take place from September 6 to 13, 2023. The dates for the final week in late summer/fall 2024 will probably be communicated in spring 2024. The exact dates of arrival and departure will be coordinated with the scholarship holders. The participation in the introductory and final week is obligatory for the fellows.
Do I have to cover the expenses for traveling and accommodation for the introductory and the final week in Wuppertal by myself?
For the stays in Wuppertal, the costs for accommodation and food will be covered by the fellowship programme. There are no additional costs for the fellows. The calculated travel costs need to be submitted in the application form and will be paid out to the fellows in addition to the funding. The fellows are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
Does the Pina Bausch Fellowship cover my health and travel insurance for the duration of my fellowship?
The grant can also be used to cover the costs of (international) health and travel insurance. The fellows need to take out these insurances themselves.
Will there be a new call for the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2023?
Yes, the Pina Bausch Fellowship is announced annually. More details on the next call for applications will be published on this website at the beginning of next year.
The FAQ do not answer my question. What can I do next?
If you cannot find your question in the FAQ or if your question was not answered sufficiently, please contact us directly. We also offer consultation on your fellowship application.