• Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

    Nelken Line

    Pina Bausch
    27 Sep, 4 Oct 2020
  • Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

    Nelken Line

    Pina Bausch
    27 Sep, 4 Oct 2020

Nelken Line - Performance

  • Germany
  • Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

    Nelken Line

    Pina Bausch
In collaboration with
Goethe-Institut Montréal
Length – n.a.
27 September 2020
4 October 2020

Dance the Nelken Line at home and share your video.

The Nelken Line is a mythical dance sequence by Pina Bausch, excerpted from her work Nelken. Four simple gestures—set to West End Blues by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five—evoke the changing of the seasons.

This simple movement sequence is accessible to everyone, professional or amateur, dance connoisseur or just curious about the discipline, young or old. And the result will be surprising!

Danse Danse will assemble the received videos, so that the spirit of the great German choreographer will welcome and engage us, despite everything.

How to participate

  1. Rehearse the movements using the “Learn – The Nelken Line” instructional video.
  2. Practise to the original West End Blues by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five.
  3. Film your routine with your cellphone or camera (lanscape format)
  4. Send us your video via WeTransfer to reseauxsociaux@dansedanse.ca before October 4, 2020 (it is not necessary to create a WeTransfer account).

By sending us your video, you agree that it may be incorporated into a video montage produced by Danse Danse and released by different partners (Danse Danse, Goethe-Institut Montréal, Pina Bausch Foundation).


The Nelken Line Project

In 2017, in a bid to perpetuate the legacy of the founder of dance-theatre, the Pina Bausch Foundation launched the Nelken Line Project, which has since brought together thousands of dance lovers around the world. The concept is simple: through a tutorial, participants learn a movement sequence from Bausch’s iconic work Nelken, then gather to dance it together in a public space. The performance is filmed and the video is sent to the foundation, which archives and distributes it, creating a moving international community that collectively shares in dancing the profound humanity of Pina Bausch.

Discover the 371 videos 

Outdoor performance cancelled

As a result of the developments of the last few days and new recommendations from Public Health, we see ourselves in the obligation to cancel the Nelken Line outdoor event.

However, Danse Danse invites you to dance your own Nelken Line!

  • Pina Bausch

    Photo © Wilfried Krüger

    Pina Bausch


    Pina Bausch was born in 1940 in Solingen and died in 2009 in Wuppertal. She received her dance training at the Folkwang School in Essen under Kurt Jooss, where she achieved technical excellence. Soon after the director of Wuppertal’s theatres, Arno Wüstenhöfer, engaged her as choreographer, from autumn 1973, she renamed the ensemble the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Under this name, although controversial at the b...

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