Urs Dietrich

Urs Dietrich | Photo © Bettina Stöß

Choreographer, dancer. His movements are physically inspiring, his themes are critical reflections of our times in a visual language that unfolds a poetry of space with increasing density. Based on the tradition of dance theatre and German expressive dance, Urs Dietrich has created numerous solo and group pieces since the early 1980s.

He was born in 1958 in Visp, Switzerland, where he first studied textile design. From 1981 – 85 he then studied dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, and later in New York.

In 1988 he began working as a freelance dancer and choreographer, touring throughout Europe, Asia, India, North and South America. Solo works such as “Da war plötzlich … Herzkammern” or “An der Grenze des Tages” were produced by the Hebbel Theater Berlin.

From 1994 – 96 he directed the Bremer Tanztheater together with his mentor Susanne Linke. From 2000 – 2007 he was the sole director of the Bremer Compagnie. He has won numerous prizes, such as the German Critics Prize in 2004.


(Gabriele Wittmann)

Dance encyclopaedia links



Folkwang Tanzstudio, Essen

Bremer Tanztheater


German Dance Theatre

Stage works / video clips:

Persona | Chor..: Urs Dietrich, 2003

Choreographic Avant-Garde | Urs Dietrich