Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater

The exhibition

Taking its starting point in the workshop talk she gave in 2007 when she won the prestigious Kyoto Prize, the exhibition provides insights into the work of Pina Bausch. The focus is not only on the work in terms of staged performances but above all on the very foundations of the choreographer’s oeuvre, on her creative practice and on the key aspects and people that have accompanied and shaped her progress. The objects, installations, photographs and videos presented are drawn from the unique holdings of the Pina Bausch Archive. 

The Lichtburg

Join us in the reconstruction of the Lichtburg for performances, dance workshops, films, open rehearsals, lecture performances, training classes, talks and performative interventions and experience the work of Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Like the original Lichtburg, the reconstruction must necessarily be a limited-access space to preserve its intimate character. The Lichtburg – an experiential and immersive encounter with Pina Bausch’s work


Workshops for dance enthusiasts of all levels of competence offer a mix of different techniques, traditions and physical practices. Drop in, there is a wide range of events you can join on the spur of the moment and without previous experience. A programme of public rehearsals offers a glimpse of choreographic processes and an opportunity for exchange with the artists.


During the rehearsals for a new piece Pina Bausch asked her dancers ‘questions’. Words, short sentences, fragments – approaches and material of a creative practice. How did the dancers perceive Pina Bausch’s questions? What are their memories? And to what extent do Pina Bausch’s work and her way of working determine their current practice? Join us for performances and interventions that address working with Pina Bausch.

Lecture Performances und Talks

Talks, lecture performances and conversations introduce visitors to the work of Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater Wuppertal in an open welcoming form that involves different players, perspectives and themes and that draws on the inside specialist knowledge of associates, dancers, colleagues and researchers. What remains? How does choreography get passed on? What connects us to the work of Pina Bausch?


Not just because the Lichtburg was once a cinema, but mainly because audio-visual media are the most important way of documenting dance, we are screening series of film on and by Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater Wuppertal. The programme presents documentary films by, among others, Chantal Akerman, Klaus Wildenhahn, Lee Yanor and Pina Bausch herself.

€ 10 / reduced € 6,50
Admission free up to 16 years of age
The box office closes at 18:30

Opening hours
WED to MON 10:00 to 19:00
TUE closed
Open on holidays, closed on 24 and 31 December

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Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin
Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin

Public Transportation
U-Bahn Line 2 (stop: Potsdamer Platz)
S-Bahn Line 1, 2, 25 (stop: Potsdamer Platz or Anhalter Bahnhof)
Busses: M29 (S Anhalter Bahnhof), M41 (Abgeordnetenhaus)




Ulli Weiss
Rehearsal in the Lichtburg
c. 1978 © Pina Bausch Foundation

Salomon Bausch, Miriam Leysner and Rein Wolfs

Head of Corporate Communications/ Press Officer
Sven Bergmann

Logo: Martin-Gropius-Bau

In cooperation with the Pina Bausch Foundation, Wuppertal

Media Partners

Sponsored by

Laurent Philippe, Performance: Vollmond (‘Full Moon’, detail) Wuppertal, May 2006 © Laurent Philippe

Performance: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (detail), Juilliard School, New York, 1960 © Pina Bausch Foundation

Performance: Tablet, Choreographe: Paul Taylor, Spoleto, Italy, 1960 © Pina Bausch Foundation