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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Final Lectures of the Fellows 2016

Saturday, Januar 14th, 2017 from 2:30-4:30 pm.
on the Rehearsal stage 2 of Opernhaus Wuppertal
Admission at 2pm, at back entrance from parking place Wittensteinstraße

Introduction of the Fellows 2017

Public Talk with the fellowship holders 2017. Kronleuchterfoyer, Opernhaus Wuppertal, 5 pm - 6 pm Moderation: Dr. Anne-Kathrin Reif Panel: The jury members Ana Laguna, Yorgos Loukos, Myriam de Clopper and the Fellows 2017
Free admission. The Talk will be in English.

The new Fellows 2017

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

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Upcoming Dates

  • February 2017
    Mohamed Yousry "Shika" kicks off the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2017 and travels to Nora Chipaumire in Harare, Simbabwe.
  • July 2017
    Antonio Ssebuuma begins his fellowship stay with Dr. Rose Martin in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • November 2017
    Panel meeting to select the grant holders 2018
  • January 24th - 28th, 2018
    Introductory week for the selected Fellows 2018 in Wuppertal
  • January 2018
    Official announcement of the grant holders 2018
  • January 24th - 28th, 2018
    Final week for the grant holders 2017 in Wuppertal
  • January 10th - 15th, 2017
    Introductory week for the selected Fellows 2017 in Wuppertal
  • January 2017
    Official announcement of the grant holders 2017

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Closing date

More than 150 artists from all over the world have applied for the pina Bausch Fellowship 2017.

The judging panel that is responsible for allocating the Fellowships will meet this coming November.

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.

The Judging Panel

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.

-Details on the application process
-Introduction of the judging panel

Photo: Uwe Schinkel,
© Pina Bausch Foundation

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.

Salomon Bausch