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Pina Bausch herself danced in this piece. Even the set designer Rolf Borzik appears on stage. He moves the many chairs out of the dancers’ way.


Opernhaus Wuppertal


Pina Bausch

Set and costume design

Rolf Borzik


Henry Purcell

Café Müller was originally the title of a four-part evening. In 1978, Pina Bausch invited choreographers Gerhard Bohner, Gigi-Gheorghe Caciuléanu and Hans Pop to work with her ensemble. Following the same cues, three more pieces were created in addition to Pina Bausch’s piece. Only the piece by Pina Bausch is still performed today. Since 1980, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch presents Café Müller as a double bill with The Rite of Spring.

Rolf Borzik designed the original stage set. Peter Pabst adapted the set for a performance in 1987 in Athens (Greece). The stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus was smaller than usual. He came up with the idea to use glass walls for the smaller stage. Sometimes, this set design is still used today.

In 2017, as part of a transmission by the Pina Bausch Foundation, the Opera Ballett Vlaanderen rehearsed and performed Café Müller.


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    Pina Bausch Café Müller

    Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo common ground[s]

    Pina Bausch The Rite of Spring

    Café Müller and The Rite of Spring with the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal. Director Patrick Hahn.

    A Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables and Sadler’s Wells
    production, co-produced with Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Théâtre de la
    Ville Luxembourg, Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Festspielhaus St.
    Pölten, Ludwigsburg Festival, Teatros del Canal de la Comunidad de Madrid, Adelaide Festival and Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi.

    The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the International Coproduction Fund of the Goethe Institut and kindly supported by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.


    1/21/2023, 19:00–21:30

    1/22/2023, 18:00–20:30

    1/24/2023, 19:30–22:00

    1/25/2023, 19:30–22:00

    1/26/2023, 19:30–22:00

    1/27/2023, 19:30–22:00

    1/28/2023, 19:30–22:00

    1/29/2023, 18:00–20:30


    LocationOpera House Wuppertal, Germany
    OrganizerA joint evening with the Pina Bausch Foundation and the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
    EnsembleCafé Müller with the ensemble Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch • common ground[s] with Germaine Acogny und Malou Airaudo • The Rite of Spring with an ensemble of dancers from 14 African countries
    ProductionPina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables, Sadler's Wells & Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
    Additional InformationTicket sale start on the 25th of November 2022

    A piece by Pina Bausch









    LocationLa Villette, Paris, France
    OrganizerThéâtre de la Ville
    EnsembleTanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
    Additional InformationThéâtre de la Ville Tickets

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