Pina Bausch

Project to Safeguard and Present the Choreographers Legacy

“Rolf Borzik und das Tanztheater Pina Bausch”, Ausstellung in Monaco © Pina Bausch Stiftung, Wuppertal

Pina Bausch is regarded as one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century and arguably the most prominent dance artist to have come out of Germany. Pina Bausch’s death on 30 June 2009 was a tremendous loss for German dance theatre as it marked the end of an era.

While she was still alive, Pina Bausch made arrangements to preserve her legacy for future generations. The centrepiece of her artistic estate is a collection of material which she herself carefully cultivated during her entire career as a dancer and choreographer. This legacy is nothing less than her entire life’s work. It includes an extensive range of production materials for 46 dance pieces, around 7,500 videos, director’s notes, set designs, technical instructions, costumes, props and scores. The production materials are supplemented by a vast array of secondary source materials, such as programmes, posters of guest performances and press materials with more than 35,000 reviews and photos. Additional personal correspondence, letters, films, speeches, prizes, interviews, work portfolios and manuscripts provide insights into how Bausch worked and developed her pieces. At present, all of these materials are stored in offices, warehouses and storage facilities used by the Tanztheater Wuppertal, as well as at her former flat. These documents, which are now the property of the Pina Bausch Foundation, form the centrepiece of this project which aims to archive, preserve and present the works of Pina Bausch.

The Federal Cultural Foundation, together with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Dr. Werner Jackstädt-Stiftung, funded the efforts to safeguard Pina Bausch’s legacy and make it accessible to the public from 2011 to 2013. The project aimed to systematically catalogue all the archived materials, preserve and restore those that are threatened by imminent deterioration, produce a video-based commentary by members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, and create a database. Another important goal of the project was to develop a concept to make the legacy available for public use. The main objective was to open the archive to German and international scholars, dancers, dance enthusiasts and the general public.

Tanz erben. Pina lädt ein

The academic publication “Tanz erben. Pina lädt ein” reflects on a wide array of topics related to Pina Bausch’s works. How can we archive dance works? And how do we go about preserving the legacy of dance performances at the beginning of the 21st century?

Published by transcript Verlag in 2014, with articles by Salomon Bausch, Stephan Brinkmann, Royd Climenhaga, Katharina Kelter, Gabriele Klein, Sharon Lehner, Keziah Claudine Nanevie, Linda Seljimi, Bernhard Thull, Michelle Urban and Marc Wagenbach.
ISBN 978-3-8376-2771-8


Antonia Lahmé
Kulturstiftung des Bundes

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Salomon Bausch
Pina Bausch Foundation

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42285 Wuppertal
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