© Dorothea Tuch
„Here we are, starting where most would stop. What a wonderful challenge! What a great responsibility to be taken! What a great chance to keep discovering new things and to develop creativity!“
Amancio Gonzalez, who was born in Porgugalete in the Basque Country, Spain in 1967, began studying dance at the age of 20 at the Estudio de Danza Ion Beitia in Las Arenas, continuing at the Centre International de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes. He was a dancer at the Jeune Ballet International de Cannes, the Scottish Ballet in Glasgow, the NAPAC Dance Company in Durban, South Africa, the Rotterdamse Dansgroep, the Reflex Dansgeselschaft in Groningen and the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. From 1999 to 2005, he was a dancer at Ballett Frankfurt under the direction of William Forsythe and later joined The Forsythe Company.
Since 1994, he has been creating his own works, which have been performed at festivals including Torino Danza and the Montpellier Dance Festival. The duet Siames, which he choreographed for two dancers from Garry Trinder’s NAPAC Dance Company was later taken into the repertoire. In 2005, he developed the five-part series Sonntags am Bahnhof in Frankfurt am Main (Palace, Bureau, Abandoned House, Keller and Up on the Roof) with Vanessa Le Mat. In 2007, he choreographed Un happen ness with Inma Rubio for the Torino Danza solo. In 2009, he choreographed the solo where we wear we were for Alla Anishenko for the Tanzpanorama festival in Frankfurt and performed short works called One night stand pieces every month at the Atelier Frankfurt. The solo Sin king in me at the Dantzaldia festival in Bilbao in 2009 was followed a year later by the duet Dead or Alive with Inma Rubio for the Long Night of Museums in Frankfurt.
Amancio Gonzalez has taught internationally as a freelance lecturer and ballet master and répétiteur at various dance companies and academies (including Ballett Frankfurt, Ballet National de Marseille, Ballet Preljocaj, Ballett Basel, Cullberg Ballet, Göteborg Danskompani, Danish Dance Theater, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Alvin Ailey and The Forsythe Company). He was responsible for teaching Forsythe Improvisation and workshops at various companies and schools including the Ballet National de Marseille, the École National Superieur de Danse de Marseille, Tanzhaus Zürich, the Institut del teatre in Barcelona, Tanzhaus Köln, the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm, the Architanz Studio in Japan, the Palucca Schule in Dresden and Codarts in Rotterdam. He trained as a ballet master with William Forsythe and Kathryn Bennetts.