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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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from the premiere


    Café Müller • common ground[s] • The Rite of Spring – Wuppertal
    January 2023 · Opera House Wuppertal

    One-off triple bill:

    Café Müller – Pina Bausch

    common ground[s] – Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo

    The Rite of Spring – Pina Bausch

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

    This first joint evening of the Pina Bausch Foundation and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in January 2023 is a contribution to the preparation of the Pina Bausch Centre and is funded as part of the preliminary phase of the Pina Bausch Centre by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Wuppertal, as well as by the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal.

    The internationally touring double bill common ground[s] • The Rite of Spring is a joint production of Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables and Sadler's Wells, co-produced by Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Les Théâtres de la Ville de 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 Co-Production Fund of the Goethe-Institut and supported by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.


    1/29/2023, 18:00–20:30


    LocationOpera House Wuppertal, Germany
    OrganizerA joint evening of Pina Bausch Foundation and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
    ProductionPina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables, Sadler's Wells / Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
    Additional InformationTicket sale start on the 25th of November 2022

    Café Müller – Paris
    July 2023 · La Villette, Paris

    A piece by Pina Bausch









    LocationLa Villette, Paris, France
    OrganizerThéâtre de la Ville
    Additional InformationThéâtre de la Ville Tickets

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