Pina Bausch Fellowship 2019 (Fully-Funded)

The Pina Bausch Fellowship 2019 for Dance and Choreography is open for applications. The Fellowship helps dancers and choreographers gain new experiences and develop their own artistic characteristics with new forms of expression.


Pina Bausch Fellowship

Finding a language for life – the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Pina Bausch Foundation have been following up on Pina Bausch’s credo since 2016 with a co-developed grant programme and award the Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography.

The Pina Bausch Fellowship is not a project fund, nor is it aimed at the development of new pieces. Each fellowship can take a minimum of three months and no longer than six months.



Grant Benefits

  • It includes a monthly allowance of 2.500 Euros and one-time travel expenses.
  • Up to four fellowships are granted each year.

The sponsorship is meant for:

  • grants for a temporary residence at renowned institutions for dance and choreography abroad
  • a non-paid participation in an ensemble or a placement with a choreographer at home or abroad
  • the studies of dance techniques with renowned personalities at home or abroad

The scholarship holders are getting the chance to gain new experiences and are encouraged to develop their own artistic characteristics with new forms of expression. All grant holders take part in an introductory week in Wuppertal from January 16th to 20th, 2019. The outcomes of the single projects will also be presented in a lecture in Wuppertal in January 2020.

Travel expenses and accommodation for both stays will be covered for.

Pina Bausch Fellowship Eligibility

  • The Fellowship is promoted internationally and is aimed at single artists from the fields of dance and choreography (dancers and choreographers).
  • There are no age-restrictions
  • They can apply if they meet the personal requirements.

Personal Requirements

  • For dancers: university/academic degree in dance and/or two years professional experience with a renowned ensemble
  • For choreographers: independent creation of at least one production with a public performance in the last three years
  • In order to take part in the Fellowship programme, basic knowledge of the English language is required for purposes of communication among the Fellowship holders and the participation in formats such as the presentation of the project proposal, press meetings and public presentations. Organisational handling such as email contact and travel bookings are going to be in English.

Application for Pina Bausch Fellowship

The application procedure requires:

  • letter of motivation (max. 1500 characters with blanks in ENGLISH)
  • a brief statement on your planned stay ( max. 800 characters with blanks in ENGLISH)
  • CV in tabular form (max. 1500 characters with blanks in ENGLISH) and a portrait
  • information on the planned date and duration of the stay
  • letter of intent from the cooperating partner (e.g. an ensemble, a renowned person or institution from the field of dance or choreography, in ENGLISH)
  • video material

For choreographers

  • a selection of public performances (no more than three videos)

For dancers

  • a selection of performances in artistic productions (no more than two videos) and a recording of an artistic performance based on a task that they set for themselves (one video, no longer than five minutes)

Please note that you need to provide the video-material online, e.g. by secure file upload to a video portal. You can specify the links and passwords (if any) in the application form. For technical reasons we do not recommend to use YouTube or Dailymotion for your upload. Videos, whose links are not functional, can unfortunately not be considered.

Should there still be questions, just contact us. [email protected]

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Pina Bausch Fellowship.


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