About the Festival

For the second time, Pina Bausch has invited the theater-going public to the NRW International Dance Festival. The Wuppertal, Germany, based choreographer and director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal had already taken over as artistic director of the Dance Festival, which is organized by the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia; the state capital, Düsseldorf; and the Cities of Essen and Wuppertal. This year, from November 7-30, 2008, Pina Bausch will once again be presenting friends from all over the world. There will be numerous German and European premieres of works by Kahekili of Hawaii, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre from Taiwan, among others. This year’s program will also feature solo evenings with artists including Sylvie Guillem, LIN Hwai-min, Louise Lecavalier and Eva Yerbabuena. Concerts, films and exhibitions will round out the diverse program at venues in Düsseldorf, Essen and Wuppertal.

The Tanztheater Wuppertal will be performing pieces from the early days of the company, including “Das Frühlingsopfer” with the Düsseldorf Symphony under the direction of Pietari Inkinen and “Die sieben Todsünden”, together with performances from later years, including “Palermo Palermo” and “Masurca Fogo”.

The Ballet de l´Opéra national de Paris will put in a guest performance of “Orpheus und Eurydike”, a dance opera by Pina Bausch dating from 1975, in the Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.
Kicking off the festival in the Schauspielhaus in Wuppertal, Pina Bausch herself will be presenting a major premiere: “Kontakthof mit Teenagern‚ ab 14.”
This piece, “Kontakthof”, was created in 1978. Pina Bausch later staged this piece with ladies and gentlemen 65 years of age and older. By the time of its premiere, she will have been rehearsing the piece for nearly a year with teenagers from 10 schools in Wuppertal.

With her program, Pina Bausch promises that theatergoers will have "long nights and exciting encounters to look forward to.”


Jointly organized by: the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany; the state capital, Düsseldorf; the Cities of Wuppertal and Essen.

Sponsored by:
the Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Office for Cultural Affairs [Kulturamt] of the Capital City of Düsseldorf; Cultural Office [Kulturbüro] Essen, Cultural Office [Kulturbüro] Wuppertal, the Art Foundation [Kunststiftung] NRW, Art Foundation [Kunststiftung] Essen and the Dr. Werner Jackstädt Foundation Wuppertal, Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal, Sparkasse Essen, Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf Asset Management  Private  Banking, Deutsche Bank, Vorwerk & Co.KG, WSW, French Embassy/Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse,  CULTURESFRANCE, Institut français Düsseldorf, Representation of the Government of Quebec 

Media partners:
WZ, WAZ, Tanzjournal




   Foto: © Detlef Erler
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