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.
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 until her death in 2019. 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 particularly supports measures for the preservation and emergency precaution of the Pina Bausch Archives as well as education and outreach projects around the topic 'archives'.
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. Since 2015, 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”.
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 German Federal Cultural Foundation has especially supported the founding phase of the Pina Bausch Archives as well as the international co-production common ground[s] ・The Rite of Spring.
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.