The Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia and Pina Bausch Foundation award a grant for dance and choreography
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 expend 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.
June 1st - September 15th, 2016Application period for the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2017
November 2017Panel meeting to select the grant holders 2016
January 2017Official announcement of the grant holders 2017
Januar 14th, 2017Final presentation of the grant holders 2016 in Wuppertal
January 11th - 15th, 2017Final week for the grant holders 2016 in Wuppertal
January 10th - 15thIntroductory week for the selected Fellows 2017 in Wuppertal
The judging panel for the Pina Bausch Fellowship is made up of three outstanding personalities from the field of dance. Ana Laguna (dancer), Christophe Slagmuylder (Artistic Director Kunstenfestivaldesarts), and Yorgos Loukos (Artistic Director Dance / Opéra de Lyon, Artistic Director Athens & Epidaurus Festival) will pick the grant holders for the Fellowship 2016 and 2017.
Dancers and Choreographers can apply for the Fellowship online until October 1st.
The first public presentations of the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2016 took place in May.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Wagner and Iris Hennig (Arts Foundation of NRW) as well as Isa Köhler and Kathrin Peters (Pina Bausch Foundation) introduced the grant programme and its general conditions at the Cologne University of Music and Dance and the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen.
The students then had the opportunity to ask about personal requirements, the application process and the grant programme in general. There was a gasp of relief among the students who will only receive their degree in 2016:
From now on, the Pina Bausch Fellowship is awarded on an annual basis. People who cannot apply this year will have other opportunities in the coming years!
The contact to other forms of art and to other artists had always been of great importance to Pina Bausch. Many lasting artistic friendships have evolved from the company’s numerous trips abroad.
Maybe this is why the concept of the Pina Bausch Fellowship has felt so authentic right from the start.
It always focuses on the idea of allowing the growth of a free artistic personality - regardless of production constraints or content requirements.
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.