Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Does the application have to be in a specific language?

    Yes, the application needs to be in English in order for the international judging panel to understand.

  • I don’t have an official degree (B.A. or similar) in dance or choreography. Can I still apply for the Fellowship?

    Yes, an official degree is not a requirement for an application. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is open to all dancers with a professional working experience of at least two years. Choreographers need to produce at least one public production in the last three years.

  • Can I apply as a company or with several persons?

    The Fellowship is meant for individual persons. Application is not possible for a company, group or several persons.

  • What do you mean by cooperating partner?

    The cooperating partner can be an ensemble, a choreographer, a renowned personality of dance or a training institution for dance or choreography. Each applicant needs to find a cooperating partner prior to the application for the fellowship. The applicants have to submit a confirmation by the cooperation partner to apply for the fellowship. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is not a residency programme to work on own artistic productions, but enables the scholarship holders to learn new ways of artistic expression and techniques by working with a cooperation partner.

  • Is it possible to subdivide my stay with the cooperating partner into several months with longer pauses in between?

    In principle, the Pina Bausch Fellowship is meant for a continuous stay with your cooperating partner without interruption. The Fellowship holder is staying on-site for a minimum of three and a maximum of six months in order to actually immerse in the cooperating partner's world.

  • What is a “letter of intent”?

    The “letter of intent” is a short and informal letter of confirmation from your cooperating partner about your collaboration for the Fellowship. It should give details about the form of your collaboration (e.g. an externship in an artistic production, participation in a technique class, as an exchange student, etc.) and the exact period of your stay. Please note that the letter of intent is a mandatory element of your application and needs to be in English.

  • What is a letter of motivation?

    The letter of motivation allows you to give a detailed description of your scholarship plans. Ideally, it should show your motivation and your plan’s integration into your own artistic development, so that the judging panel understand why and with what aims you apply and why you chose your cooperation partner.

  • What information is required under “brief statement about your stay” in the application form?

    In your application, this is where you can tell us what exactly you intend on doing with your cooperating partner and how your stay is structured. You might have planned for several phases that you are welcome to briefly illustrate here.

  • What plans are eligible for an application for the Pina Bausch Fellowship?

    The Pina Bausch Fellowship wants to encourage dancers and choreographers to find their own ways when it comes to their artistic development and describe those for their application. One important question should always be your personal interest: Why would you like to collaborate with this partner for the Fellowship? Why would you like to learn from this very cooperation partner? The Fellowship supports different forms of collaboration. For dancers, learning a new movement technique from a renowned personality or being a visiting student at a renowned training centre for dance are possible options. Choreographers might want to sit in on an artistic production.

  • Do I have to create an original piece while on the Fellowship and perform it afterwards?

    No, the Pina Bausch Fellowship is not targeted on creating a new piece. The Fellowship holders will present their experiences productive results in a public lecture in Wuppertal towards the end of the Fellowship year.

  • I am looking for a sponsorship for a project idea involving dance and performance. Can I apply for the Pina Bausch Fellowship?

    No. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is explicitly not considered a project fund. It rather aims at supporting individual dancers' and choreographers' artistic progress and experience while staying with a renowned person, ensemble or training institution.

  • Is there an age limit for applying for the Pina Bausch Fellowship?

    There is no age limit.

  • Which kind of videos do I have to submit?

    For choreographers:

    • a selection of public performances (no more than three videos)

    For dancers:

    • a selection of performances in artistic productions (no more than two videos) and a recording of an artistic performance based on a task that they set for themselves (one video, no longer than five minutes)
  • Why should I not use the video portals YouTube and DailyMotion?

    DailyMotion is not suitable because of the displayed advertisements. Video recordings that include music are often not viewable on YouTube Germany, since GEMA (collecting society for musical rights in Germany) has not yet granted the respective music rights. Both video portals don’t offer trouble-free access to the videos uploaded and are therefore somewhat unfit for your application.

  • Which video portal do you recommend for the uploads?

    We recommend portals like Vimeo, which also offer a password-protected upload. The platform Dropbox is also suited for sharing your videos.

  • Does the Pina Bausch Fellowship cover my health insurance for the duration of my stay?

    No, each Fellowship holder needs to acquire their own adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay. Health insurance is not covered by the Fellowship grants.

  • Do I have to pay the expenses for travelling and accomodation for the introductory week in Wuppertal in January 2018 and the further stay in Wuppertal following the end of my Fellowship?

    All grant holders take part in an introductory week in Wuppertal from January 24th to 28th, 2018. The outcomes of the single projects will also be presented in a lecture in Wuppertal. Travel expenses and accomodation for both stays will be covered for.

  • The website says that there will be an introductory week in Wuppertal in the middle of January. Does that mean that the residences need to start immediately after that?

    No. The introductory week is carried out independently of the intended undertaking.

  • Will there be a new call for the Pina Bausch Fellowship in 2017?

    Yes, the Pina Bausch Fellowship will be awarded annually. The application period for the Fellowship 2018 starts on June 1st and ends on September 15th, 2017.

  • Can I hand in another application next year when I applied for the Fellowship 2016 or 2017 already?

    Yes. In principle, everyone interested may apply several times. However, an actual participation in the programme is only possible once.