Marie-Lena Kaiser, Alexandre Achour, Kareth Schaffer, Scott Elstermann (f.l.t.r.)

The new Fellows 2018

Alexandre Achour, Scott Elstermann, Marie-Lena Kaiser and Kareth Schaffer are the new grant holders of the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2018.



The Pina Bausch Fellowship holders will once again be guests in Wuppertal, presenting themselves and their projects on the 27th January, 2018 at 4pm at the Mirker Bahnhof.


Workshops in Wuppertal

Free workshops with Pina Bausch Fellowship recipients 2017 Antonio Ssebuuma Bukhar and Mohamed Yousry Shika for dance students and professionals on January 26th, 2018, 2-5 p.m. in Wuppertal.
Register before 10th January 2018 and join us!


New Judging Panel

We are very happy to announce: Choreographer Eun-Me Ahn, dancer and choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa and curator Enrique Rivera are the new judging panel for the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2018 and 2019.

Learn more about the new judging panel

Upcoming Dates

  • June 1st, 2018
    Start of application period for the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2019
  • September 15th, 2018
    Application deadline for the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2019
  • November 2018
    Panel meeting to select the grant holders 2019
  • January 16th - 20th, 2019
    Introductory week for the selected Fellows 2019 in Wuppertal
  • January 16th - 20th, 2019
    Final week for the grant holders 2018 in Wuppertal

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Antonio in Auckland

My working environment is perfectly surrounded with lovely people. I have full access to any class or activity at the department with also personal keys to the premises. (...) I think these 6 months could easily turn out to be the busiest -fun times of my career so far.

Antonios first report from New Zealand


I think I was such lucky for having this month with Nora in Zimbabwe. I am lucky to have the chance to be in another African country even traveling between my beloved continents is sometimes even harder than travel across seas to other continents.

In February / March, Mohamed Yousry “Shika” visited choreographer Nora Chipaumire in her home country, Zimbabwe. The 4 week meeting formed the prelude to their cooperation on the concept of the “embodiment” of the “New African Body”.

Shika's fellowship will continue in New York from August 2017.

Shikas report from Zimbabwe


This summer, you can experience the grant holders live here:

Euripides celebrated the premiere of his piece Titans at the ATHENS & EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2017 on June 6. After that, the piece is touring Europe and will be staged in many cities including Barcelona, Turin, Paris and Amsterdam JULIDANS Festival. If you haven't seen Euripides’ performance RELIC , you will also have the opportunity to do so this year.

Ayelen has just celebrated the world premiere of her new piece AUTOCTONOS at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts. The next two years will offer plenty of opportunities to watch the piece on Ayelen's tour of France, Belgium and Germany. For example on June 29 and 30 at Festival Montpellier Danse 2017 or at the IETM Brussels Plenary Meeting 2017 from November 23-26. More of Ayelen's productions will be featured at this year's Festival OFF d’Avignon or at Dansand! Contemporary Dance Festival in Ostend.

You can meet Jared at Festival NODE17: Designing Hope from June 26 to July 2, 2017 at the Mousonturm and at the Naxoshalle. An invited artist, he is part of the Choreographic Coding Production Lab Nairobi 2017, a project of the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Motion Bank and NODE Forum for Digital Arts, Frankfurt.

Should you happen to be in Vienna this summer, you can meet the current grant holder Mohamed Yousry “Shika”. Shika has been awarded a danceWEB Scholarship of the ImpulsTanz Festival and will train, dance and watch performances at the festival in Vienna from mid-July to mid-August. Immediately afterwards he will go on with his Fellowship stay with choreographer Nora Chipaumire.

From left to right: Jared Onyango (Fellow 2016), Dr. Ursula Sinnreich (Secretary General, Arts Foundation NRW), Yorgos Loukos (Jury), Antonio Ssebuuma (Fellow 2017), Euripides Laskarides (Fellow 2016), Anton Valdbauer (Fellow 2016), Ana Laguna (Jury), Ayelen Parolin (Fellow 2016), Salomon Bausch (Pina Bausch Foundation) und Mohamed Y. "Shika" (Fellow 2017)

Judging panel-statements

Mohamed Y. Shika is an artist with great potential to cross borders within the cultural understanding as well as artistic transmuting of contemporary dance for the 21st Century. His approach is, as a dancer, to examine the gap between Egypt and the rest of Africa, and to seek to conquer it through out his own body. Consequently for his scholarship the planned student/teacher collaboration with Brooklyn based African artist Nora Chipaumire will give Shika the needed insight into a specific, high-reflected artistic inner perspective.

Antonio Ssebuuma’s approach towards dance roots in particular in his practice and interest for teaching movement in the frame of community dance. His attempt to now pick up studies at the Dance Department at the University of Auckland in New Zealand is just logically consistent. A dialog and exchange together with grounded theory from a dance perspective will empower Antonio Ssebuuma’s practice as artist and teacher when returning to Uganda.

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The new Fellows 2017

Antonio Ssebuuma Bukhar and Mohamed Yousry Shika are the new grant holders of the Pina Bausch Fellowship.

More about Antonio und Shika

The fellows of 2016 from left to right: Ayelen Parolin (choreographer), Anton Valdbauer (dancer), Jared Onyango (choreographer) und Euripides Laskaridis (director and choreographer).

Judging panel-statements

Ayelen Parolin is establishing herself as an idiosyncratic choreographer. She made several adventurous works in which a rigorous approach of the body, the movement and the space is combined with theatricality and humour. Her collaboration with Jochen Roller will help her to extend her research on transcultural and ‘impure’ languages.

Euripides Laskaridis is also an artist interested in the theatrical impact of the body. His special interest in the work of Lemi Ponifasio, situated quite far from his own cultural and aesthetic field, will confront him with new perspectives on space, movement, body and representation.

Jared Onyango and Anton Valdbauer are closer to a proper choreographic and movement-based practice. Going from Nairobi to Norway to follow the work of Francesco Scavetta, Onyango will focus on abstract principles and compositional tools. Taking a step outside the dance and ballet environments, Valdbauer will experience the puppet theatre of Familie Flöz.

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The Arts Foundation of NRW has been affiliated with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch for many years. They promoted and accompanied the NRW International Dance Festival “Fest mit Pina” and recently “PINA40 - 40 Years of Tanztheater Wuppertal”.

We are therefore particularly happy about the newly established cooperation with the Pina Bausch Foundation that engages in artistic research in the areas of dance and choreography with an international programme. The Fellowship - in the spirit of Pina Bausch - is all about the open artistic dialogue.

The Arts Foundation of NRW thus wants to send a clear signal in an international context from Tanzland NRW.