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.