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

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.

Upcoming Dates

  • January 10th - 15th, 2017
    Introductory week for the selected Fellows 2017 in Wuppertal
  • January 2017
    Official announcement of the grant holders 2017
  • Januar 14th, 2017
    Final presentation of the grant holders 2016 in Wuppertal
  • January 11th - 15th, 2017
    Final week for the grant holders 2016 in Wuppertal

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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 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.

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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