Pina Bausch at practice
© Pina Bausch Foundation; Photographer Walter Vogel

“It is not about art, also not about pure technique. It is about life, and therefore it is about finding a language for life.“
— Pina Bausch

Finding a language for life – the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Pina Bausch Foundation have been following up on Pina Bausch’s credo since 2016 with a co-developed grant programme and award the Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography.


Dream, connect, broaden your horizons!

In 2024, the Pina Bausch Fellowship supports a wide range of cooperation formats: the fellowships can be realised on site with the cooperating partners, but can also take place virtually or hybrid.

Interested applicants can apply with a cooperation format from the January 15, 2024 until March 15, 2024. Applications should be based on realistic evaluations of their implementation. Applicants apply with a self-selected cooperating partner whose artistic work they are interested in or with whom they would like to work. The fellowship aims at enabling further artistic and personal development of the applicants.


In 2024, a variety of cooperation formats will be supported, taking place on-site, virtually or hybrid. Through the various 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.

A cooperating partner can be a renowned personality or an acclaimed institution from the field of dance and choreography.

The various formats allow grant holders to gain new experiences and enable them to gather new influences for their artistic work. The cooperation format is planned and realized jointly with the cooperation partner. The design of the individual fellowship format is left to the creativity of the applicants and their cooperation partners. Each applicant has to contact their cooperation partner and confirm their cooperation for the respective period through a letter of intent.

Overview of previous cooperating partners.

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Cooperating partners


The Pina Bausch Fellowship is not a project fund, nor is it aimed at the development of new pieces.

The 2024 fellowships must take place between September 1, 2024 and August 31, 2025. Artists can apply for a full-time fellowship (21 hours or more per week) or a part-time format (20 hours or less per week) in 2024. The monthly allowance is 2,500 € for a full-time fellowship or 1,000 € for part-time fellowships. Each fellowship format is designed entirely by the applicants and their cooperation partners. The duration depends on the individually designed format, but should not be less than three months.

The participants themselves must calculate travel costs and state in advance within the application form. These travel expenses should cover travel to and from the fellowship location, and two visits to Wuppertal (introduction week + final week).

In 2024, the introductory week MEET THE FELLOWS! will take place again. The precise date will be announced soon. The total funding amount for all fellowships awarded in 2024 is 30,000 € and will be divided among the successful applicants. Travel expenses will be paid in addition to the monthly grant.

The fellowship is promoted internationally and aims at individual artists in the fields of dance and choreography.


Who can apply

All artists from the field of dance and choreography with at least 2 years of professional experience and/or with a formal degree - all dance forms are welcome!

There are no age restrictions.

Artists, who meet the personal requirements can apply.

How to apply?