I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

Philippina “Pina” Bausch (July 27, 1940 – June 30, 2009) was a German performer of modern dance, choreographer, dance teacher and ballet director.

With her unique style, a blend of movement, sound, and prominent stage sets, and with her elaborate collaboration with performers during the development of a piece (a style now known as Tanztheater), she became a leading influence in the field of modern dance from the 1970s on. She created the company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (de) which performs internationally.