Kategorie-Archiv: Choreographers


Lucinda Childs began her career as choreographer and performer in 1963 as an original member of the Judson Dance Theater in New York.[…]

After forming her own dance company in 1973, Childs collaborated with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass on the opera Einstein on the Beach in 1976, participating as principal performer and solo choreographer for which she received an Obie award. Childs has appeared in five of Wilson’s major productions. Beginning in 1979, Childs collaborated with a number of composers and designers on a series of large-scale productions.  The first of these was Dance, choreographed in 1979 with music by Philip Glass, and a film/decor by Sol LeWitt. It continues to tour extensively in the United States and Europe and was cited by the Wall Street Journal (2011) as “one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century.” Since 1981, Childs has received a number of commissions from major ballet companies and has choreographed and directed several opera productions including: Gluck’s Orfeo et Euridice for the Los Angeles Opera, Mozart’s Zaide for La Monnaie in Brussels and a new production of John Adams’s Dr Atomic for the Opera du Rhin in 2014. Childs received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979.  She is also the recipient of the NEA/NEFA American Masterpiece Award, and in 2004 was elevated from Officer to Commander of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.  In 2017 she received the Samuel H. Scripps award for lifetime achievement at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, as well as the Venice Biennale de la Danse Golden Lion Award.



Choreography: Lucinda Childs

Re-staging: Ty Boomershine

Premiere 12th March 1978, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Premiere Re-staging  1st March 2018, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin

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Johannes Wieland hails from Berlin, earned his BFA at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and worked in various companies with an extensive array of choreographers before going to perform as a principal at the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. […]

Ready for a radical change, he then relocated to New York City where he received his MFA in contemporary dance and choreography at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2002.
His company johannes wieland, founded in New York that same year, facilitated the foundation for his body of work and since 2006 he holds a permanent position as the artistic director and choreographer at the Staatstheater Kassel. Aside from choreographing and teaching for companies and universities his critically acclaimed pieces have been invited to tour internationally for festivals and events. He is a 1st prize winner of the Kurt Jooss prize, and has been awarded numerous other prizes, recognitions, scholarships and grants. Johannes is a nominee for the German theater prize DER FAUST in 2016 for his creation you will be removed.

In 2017 Johannes Wieland created the piece show to be true for the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE and the Swedish company Age On Stage/Charlotta Öfverholm.

© Fabian Kriese

show to be true

Concept/Choreography: Johannes Wieland

Cast: Charlotta Öfverholm, Christopher Roman, Jone San Martin, Brit Rodemund, Ty Boomershine, Jan-Erik Wikström, Frédéric Tavernini and Rafi Sady

Production: Charlotta Öfverholm / Age on Stage

Co-production: DANCE ON / DIEHL+RITTER, Dans i Nord

Premiere: 22th September 2017, Acusticum, Piteå, Sweden

Further choreographer Johannes Wieland  created a new intergenerational duet especially for the DANCE ON Festival2018: an encounter of two dancers – Evangelos Poulinas and his former teacher at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Gus Solomons Jr., who was born in 1938. They previously collaborated on Wieland’s trio one (2004), a meditation on life and mortality in which Wieland shared the stage with Solomons and Keith Sabado.

mind eraser II

Choreografie: Johannes Wieland

Mit: Gus Solomons Jr., Evangelos Poulinas

Produktion: DANCE ON / DIEHL+RITTER, Dank an das Staatstheater Kassel

Premiere: 28th February 2018, DANCE ON Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin



Jan Martens, born in 1984, studied dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Dance at Artesis Hogeschool in Antwerp and at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg. […]

He has performed with Mor Shani, Tuur Marinus, Ann Van den Broek and others. Since 2009 Jan Martens has been creating his own pieces, focusing on contemporary social topics with humor and a talent for gentle controversy, including Sweat Baby Sweat (2011), Victor (2013), The dog days are over (2014) and The common people (2016). He has been hosted in this capacity by Frascati, ICKamsterdam, CAMPO and DansBrabant.

In 2014, together with business leader Klaartje Oerlemans, he founded the production platform GRIP in Antwerp/Rotterdam to organise and distribute his work. From September 2014 to June 2016, Martens was artist-in-residence at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf. From the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2018, he will be Artist Associé at the CDC Le Gymnase in Roubaix, Nord-Pas de Calais, and he will be Creative Associate at deSingel International Arts Campus in Antwerp until 2021.


Man Made

Jan Martens: Concept / Choreography

Premiere: 11 March, Kampnagel Hamburg (further performance on 12 March)

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Deborah Hay, born in Brooklyn in 1941, is regarded by critics and historians as one of the most influential representatives of postmodern dance. […]

She trained with Merce Cunningham and danced with the Cunningham Dance Company during the 1964 world tour. She was an original member of the Judson Dance Theater, making dances since the early 1960s, collaborating with different many artists and mainly choreographing for untrained performers. Since 2000 she has worked exclusively with experienced performers.

Hay has written 4 books: Moving Through the Universe in Bare Feet (1975), Lamb at the Altar (1994) about the creative process that led to her dance of the same name, My Body, the Buddhist (2000) reflecting on embodied knowledge, and Using the Sky, an elaboration of her process. In 2012 she was selected for the inaugural Doris Duke Artist Award. Hay received an Honorary Doctor of Dance from Helsinki Theatre Academy and in 2016 she became a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France.


Tenacity of Space

Deborah Hay: Choreography / Direction

Premiere: 24 March 2017, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf (further performances on 25 and 26 March 2017)

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Raised in New York and initially trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long,  […]

Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. In 1984, he began a 20-year tenure as director of the Ballet Frankfurt. After its closure, Forsythe established a new ensemble, The Forsythe Company, which he directed from 2005 to 2015. Forsythe’s most recent works were developed and performed exclusively by The Forsythe Company, while his earlier pieces are prominently featured in the repertoire of virtually every major ballet company in the world, including The Mariinsky Ballet, The New York City Ballet and The Paris Opera Ballet.

Further to his work as a choreographer, William Forsythe is a current Professor of Dance and Artistic Advisor for the Choreographic Institute at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

Catalogue (First Edition)
William Forsythe: Choreography

Premiere: 7 October 2016, Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen
Further performance at 8 October 2016

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Matteo Fargion and the other artists of the production 7 Dialogues. […] Matteo Fargion is a composer, performer and teacher. He has worked in dance and theatre for over 25 years, collaborating with leading choreographers and directors in the UK and abroad.  For the past 15 years he has worked closely with Siobhan Davies, writing music for and performing in some of her most significant recent work, and Karl Jay Lewin. Together with Jonathan Burrows, he has made a series of 10 duets conceived, choreographed, composed, administrated and performed together. “Both Sitting Duet” won a 2004 New York Dance and Performance ‚Bessie‘ Award, and “Cheap Lecture” was chosen for the prestigious 2009 Het Theater­festival in Belgium. He has also written a lot of music for theatre, especially in Germany, where he has collaborated several times with Elmar Goerden at several theatres and with Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubühne Berlin. Matteo is also a long-time visiting member of faculty at PARTS, the school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels, where he has worked on a new approach to teaching composition to young choreographers, within a framework of music practice but built also on his wealth of experience as a performer.

7 Dialogues
Matteo Fargion: Artistic Direction / Composition

Premiere  28 January 2016 at Holland Dance FestivalKorzo Theatre, The Hague

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Artists of the 7 Dialogues:
Ivo Dimchev, born in 1976, is a choreographer and performer from Bulgaria. His work is an extreme and colorful mixture of performance art, dance, theatre, music, drawings and photography. He has received numerous international awards for dance and theatre and has presented his work all over Europe, South and North America. In 2014, Ivo opened up his new place MOZEI in Sofia Bulgaria, an independent space focused on contemporary art and music.

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment and is currently Professor of Performance at Lancaster University. In recent years he has exhibited widely in the context of visual arts, participating in international biennales in Italy, Sweden, Japan a. o. One of his recent publications is „While You Are With Us Here Tonight“ (2013).

Beth Gill is a dancer and choreographer who has been making contemporary dance and performance in New York City since 2005. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been a guest artist and teacher at several colleges, universities and festivals. Her per­formances have toured nationally and internationally. Gill is the recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015–2016 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. She is an inaugural member of The Hatchery Project, a 2015–2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Artist-in-Residence and a 2013–2015 New York City Center Choreography Fellow. In 2011 Gill was awarded two New York State Dance and Performance ‚Bessie’ Awards for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and the Juried Award. In 2012, Dance Magazine named her one of the top 25 artists to watch.

The past couple of years, his choreographical work focused on the dramaturgical relation between dance, music and light. His main interest is to question the interaction of the various elements that compose theatre performance and representation. In November 2013 he premiered with his love duet “Synopsis of a Battle” at the Kaaitheater in the context of La Biennale of Charleroi Danses. He has created the solo “Feu” for Argentine dancer Cecilia Lisa Eliceche with live music played by electric guitar quartet Zwerm. In November 2015, upon request of the music festival DIALOGE in Salzburg, he has created a piece for eight dancers of the BODHI project from SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) in collaboration with the oenm (Öster­reichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik).

Hetain Patel is a visual artist. Since 2004, his video, photography, sculpture and live works have been shown internationally to critical and popular acclaim within institutions from Tate Britain, London to the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing. His works are in public and private collections in the U.K., China, India and U.S.A. In recent years, Patel has worked at the Royal Opera House, Tate Modern and Southbank Centre, London, and has shown work at the Venice Biennale. Patel is interested in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically. He is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells, London.

Lucy Suggate is a dance artist based in the UK receiving recognition for her articulate and engaging solo performances. In 2013–14 Lucy became a Modul Dance Artist supported by Mercat de les flors and Graner in Barcelona, Dansehallerne/BoraBora in Denmark and the Arts council England Artist International development fund to produce a durational solo that went on to inform Lucy’s current work “pilgrim”. This work has been presented by international dance festivals. Recent collaborations include working with Rosemary Butcher on “Secrets of the Open Sea”,   “Test Pieces“ for TANZ IM AU­GUST 2015, Wendy Houston’s “Stupid Women“, and on a two year EU project called “Dancing Museums” with Siobhan Davies Dance and the National Gallery London.


Kat Válastur is a Berlin-based choreographer and performer. She studied at the Hellenic School of Dance, received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Trisha Brown’s studio in New York, and gained a Masters degree from the SODA Masters Program at the Inter-University Centre for Dance in Berlin.[…] Fragmentation, diverted architectures, time lapses, entropy and virtuality are some of the concepts she addresses in her dance works. Her creative process involves diagrams, hand-drawn scores and texts which she creates for each new work. From 2013-2014 she was a grantee artist in the educational program of the Institut für Raumexperimente, an educational research project by Ólafur Elíasson in collaboration with the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). During the program, she began researching her new series of choreographies The marginal sculptures of Newtopia. The series was co-produced and presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer and includes the works GLAND (2014) and Ah! Oh! A contemporary ritual (2014). It was completed in 2016 with OILinity, a poetic piece on western societies’ problematic dependence on crude oil and its dire consequences for humanity and nature. Kat Válastur’s work is presented internationally. In 2016 she was acclaimed as a promising talent for dance by the magazine “tanz” and in 2017, she was a nominee for the George-Tabori-Award.

Kat Válastur: Concept / Choreography / Sound
Premiere: 19 August 2016, Tanz im August 2016 / HAU 1, Berlin

Those specks of dust © Dorothea Tuch

Concept/Montage/Sound: Kat Válastur
Feat. Brit Rodemund
Premiere: 28th February 2018, DANCE ON Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin

Ultra Censored © Kat Válastur

In Ultra censored the female portrait becomes a field of mystification. The ten-minute film shows Brit Rodemund going through a detailed description of the birth of her daughter while the camera focuses on her facial expressions and gestures. Shot in slow motion, the film takes us into a ciphered universe of gestures in a mythical dimension. Like a contemporary Sphinx with the typical characteristics of beautification, she articulates the enigma of what it is to be a human being in the present tense, while her image is reflected in our eyes.



Rabih Mroué is a Berlin-based artist, actor and director who has caused a furore in visual art, in theatre and on the performance scene.  […] The subject of his work is the ‘present reality’ that surrounds him, which he processes for the stage using fictitious and real – often everyday – materials, and using documents, photographs, videos and objects as his starting point. He is a co-founder and member of the executive board of the Beirut Art Center, co-publisher of TDR: The Drama Review (NYC) as well as director of the Munich Kammerspiele. From 2012–15, he was a fellow of the International Research Center ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’ in Berlin.

His current stage works include Ode to Joy (2015) and Riding on a cloud (2013) as well as 33 RPM and a Few Seconds (2012) with Lina Majdalanie. His most recent exhibitions have included MOMA 2015, Mesnta Gallerija (Ljubljana, 2014), SALT (Istanbul, 2014), CA2M (Madrid, 2013) and DOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel, 2012).

A showcase of the artist’s most important works – entitled Outside the Image Inside Us (in partnership with Lina Majdalanie) – can be seen at HAU Hebbel am Ufer from
30 March to 4 April 2016.

Rabih Mroué: Concept / Direction
Premiere: 23 April 2016, Kampnagel I K2, Hamburg

Concept / Direction: Rabih Mroué in collaboration with Ty Boomershine and Jone San Martin
Premiere: 28th February 2018, DANCE ON Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin