Arno Wüstenhöfer, general manager of Wuppertaler Bühnen assigned the direction of the ballet division to Pina Bausch for the 1973/74 season. Her predecessor Ivan Sertic cultivated classical ballet aesthetics and was popular with the audiences. Pina Bausch’s early work was received with according controversy. Still, she remained loyal to her vision and soon developed a unique artistic language. As a sign for this new start, the ballet was renamed “Tanztheater Wuppertal” in the very first season.
Tanztheater produced 46 pieces before 2009 and acquired fame and prestige in Wuppertal and around the world. After Pina Bausch died, the compagnie’s global success still continues.
The work on the Pina Bausch Archive just as many other activities of the foundation would not be possible without the close collaboration with Tanztheater Wuppertal. Tanztheater’s anniversary season “PINA40”, that was produced in close collaboration with the Pina Bausch Foundation documents this cohesion perfectly.
The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media holds responsibility for cultural and media policies of the Federal Republic of Germany and represents the country’s interests in the EU where the federal government’s competence is concerned on a national level. The Cultural Minister of State, she is directly assigned to the Federal Chancellery. Her tasks include film subsidy, preservation of historical monuments, protection of national treasures, and the promotion of memorial projects among other things. In addition, she funds cultural institutions, festivals and other cultural projects of national significance in music, literature, fine arts and performing arts. Monika Grütters (CDU) has been the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media since 2013. The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media has been funding the activities of the Pina Bausch Foundation since 2014, and is thus an important partner in the development of the Pina Bausch Archives.
Dr. h.c. Werner Jackstädt was one of the global leaders of manufacturing adhesive paper and lamination with his company “Jac”. He decided to sell his company off and establish a foundation with the assets in 2002. Being the chairman of the board, he shaped the establishment of the foundation until 2005. Following his death his widow Lore Jackstädt took the chair. The Jackstädt Foundation is particularly involved with cultural life in Wuppertal.
The Dr. Werner Jackstädt Foundation has been supporting the Pina Bausch Foundation on behalf of the City of Wuppertal since 2011. The organisation of the Pina Bausch Archive is made possible by this special commitment.
Being a communal association, Landschaftsverband Rheinland (Rhineland Assembly of Municipalities) is involved in the support for disabled and young people, psychiatry and culture with a staff of about 16,000. The cultural work of LVR is wide-ranging and extends from the maintenance of several museums, architectural preservation, and landscape conservation to academic research and promoting culture.
The professional assistance of LVR’s Archive Advice and Training Centre was of great importance to the development of the Pina Bausch Archives and the relocation to its present premises.
Landschaftsverband Rheinland is currently supporting a project of the Pina Bausch Foundation to secure the existing stock of costumes, props and stage sets of more than 40 pieces by Pina Bausch from regional funds for the promotion of culture. The preservation of the material, some of which in danger of deterioration, is essential for the continuing performances of the pieces. An evaluation of the damage and a plan for conservation and restoration measures by a professional restorer was made possible with LVR funds.
In addition, through its programme “Archive and School”, the Landschaftsverband funded the project “Film mich! Eigene Archive erstellen”, in which the Pina Bausch Foundation cooperated with the Pina Bausch School.
Bundesverband Tanz in Schulen e.V. (Federal association for dance in schools) was founded in 2007. A programme partner of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, it is funded with up to 5.8 million Euros between 2013 and 2017, funds that an expert panel redistributes to selected projects as part of the promotional programme “Culture gives strength. Alliances for education”. The federal association for dance in schools initiates nationwide alliances for education under the heading “ChanceTanz”. They fund local project plans with children and youth influencing and taking part in a creative dance process under professional supervision of dancers and dance teachers. The alliances’ programmes are meant for educationally disadvantaged children and youths aged 3 to 18, and the projects’ results are each presented. The aim is to provide cultural participation and personal and social recognition by means of dance. An alliance is made up of at least three partners from the areas of dance, education, culture, youth centre and professional training.
In Spring 2015, the Pina Bausch Foundation has joined an alliance with a youth centre and the Pina Bausch School in Wuppertal. The first alliance project is starting in Summer 2015 and will be funded by “ChanceTanz”.
Since 1989, the Arts Foundation NRW supports outstanding artistic projects in the fields of literature, dance, theatre, music, visual art, as well as interdisciplinary projects. The funding focuses on programmatic characteristics, instigating concepts, and the projects’ reference to North Rhine-Westphalia and its art and cultural scene. Further central tasks of the foundation comprise the support of exceptionally talented artists and the international cultural exchange. The Arts Foundation NRW and the Pina Bausch Foundation award a co-developed, international grant programme for dancers and choreographers under the title “Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography” for the first time in 2015.
The German Federal Cultural Foundation promotes art and culture within the scope of federal competence. One of its main priorities is to support innovative programmes and projects on an international level. To achieve this, the Foundation invests in projects, which develop new methods of fostering cultural heritage and tap into the cultural and artistic potential of knowledge required for addressing social issues.
The Foundation was established on 21 March 2002 by the German federal government represented by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. It is a civil-law foundation and has its headquarters in Halle an der Saale, Germany.
The Pina Bausch Foundation was supported for the project “An Invitation from Pina – An Archive as a Workshop for the Future” in 2011-2013.
Tanzfonds funds artistic projects promoting the cultural heritage of dance. Tanzfonds Erbe lays the foundation for reconstructing the history of contemporary dance in Germany. It does not aim to create a museum of work and people from the past, but rather a lively commemorative culture that reveals the topicality of modern day dance. In this way, Tanzfonds Erbe coincides with the aims of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The funding by Tanzfonds Erbe in 2013 made the realisation of the project “International cooperation for the reconstruction of the piece ‘Wind from the West’ by Pina Bausch” possible for the Pina Bausch Foundation.
The Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, which was founded in 1989/90 from the former ballet of the Bavarian State Opera, is among the most distinctive ensembles of the international dance scene and has won numerous awards. Since 1998 it is under the direction of Ivan Liska who - together with his representatives and dramaturges Bettina Wagner-Bergelt and Wolfgang Oberender - established an extensive and manifold repertoire that covers masterpieces from all periods from the 19th century through the present. The cosmopolitan ensemble consists of 82 dancers from 32 nations. They present 70 performances per season in the 2000-seats National Theatre in Munich and are also invited for guest-performances around the world.
The Bavarian State Ballet is currently rehearsing the piece „For the children of yesterday, today and tomorrow“ (debut performance Tanztheater Wuppertal 2002), which makes it the first ensemble other than Tanztheater Wuppertal to perform one of the later pieces by Pina Bausch. It will be premiering at the National Theatre in Munich on April 3rd, 2016.
The Pina Bausch School is a municipal comprehensive school in Wuppertal-Vohwinkel with nearly 1000 students and some 80 teachers. It was founded “Vohwinkel Comprehensive School”, and renamed “Pina Bausch Gesamtschule” in February 2014 with a big ceremonial act attended by NRW Schools Minister Sylvia Löhrmann. The renaming is understood as an expression of an inspiring confrontation with the person and the work of the Wuppertal artist Pina Bausch. In summer 2014, for the first time, the graduates obtained their leaving certificates with the label “Pina-Bausch-Gesamtschule”. The Pina Bausch School and the Pina Bausch Foundation had entered into a close collaboration in 2011 already: various project activities in the challenging environment of dance, art, and archival work, memories and daily life. The joint project “Work in Progress. The Pina Bausch Archives arise in Wuppertal!” is a 2013 prize winner in the dance section for classes 10-13 of the “Kinder zum Olymp!” competition of the Cultural Foundation of the Federal States.