Born in 1968, her first training from 1987 to 1992 included mainly so-called “elementary dance” at the Sports University in Cologne. A dance group emerged from her studies, with which she developed her first choreographies. From 1992 to 1996 she continued her studies at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. Meanwhile, she continued to create her own works. In 1999 she was appointed co-director of the Folkwang Tanzstudio, together with Pina Bausch.
She has toured in Germany and internationally, drawing inspiration from countries like India and Brazil. European folklore largely informs her early piece “Diu Vallende Suht”, which revolves around the St Vitus dance, showing the dancers in a state of apparent loss of control over the movement of their limbs.
One of her best-known pieces is “Auftaucher”, in which the dancers combine and vary movements much like musicians in a jazz improvisation.