Cloakroom Encounters

- a dancefilm made in Wuppertal -


Five dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Helena Waldmann met in the beautiful cloakroom foyer of future Pina Bausch Center. Within 4 days of encounters they brought plenty of scenes to light, which were filmed on the fifth day. On day six and seven the footage was edited. Eleven short minutes came out: Cloakroom Encouters. Garderobenbegegnungen.

The performance on stage has started. The cloakroom attendants are on a break. Finally. No more coats, umbrellas, bags, and no more small talk with the audience, who are used to great service in this cloakroom. Whether they need to borrow opera glasses, get a button sewn on or have their shoes shined, everything is possible. But since the performance has started, the ladies and gentlemen behind the counter will have an hour or more of boredom ahead of them. Really? Well, not quite. Under normal circumstances you would never get to see what Eddie Martinez, Nazareth Panadero and Julie Shanahan are up to during their break. We are only letting you have a glimpse because currently theatres are closed.

Sponsors & partners  under construction

Stadt Wuppertal
Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Die Beauftrage der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne
Kunststiftung NRW
Pina Bausch Zentrum
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Official video Cloakroom Encounters | 11 min.

concept & directing

Helena Waldmann


Eddie Martinez
Nazareth Panadero
Julie Shanahan
Andrey Berezin
Azusa Seyama
the singers of  WoW-Women of Wuppertal


Christian Scholz


Christian Scholz
Helena Waldmann

sound & camera assistent

Oliver Freuwörth


Anke Wadsworth

production management

Barbara Falter

production assistant

Marvin Neidhardt

many thanks to

Bettina Wagner-Bergelt
Stefan Dreher


11 minutes

online premiere:
2020, NOV 24

and in the media library of under construction 

Pina Bausch Center
Tanztheater Wuppertal