Deutsches Tanztheater

From around the mid-sixties of the last century, choreographers in Germany began to look for new means of expression. It was above all the spirit of optimism of the student movement with its critical questioning of politics and society that also inspired choreographers to try out new ways in their art form.


1968 took over Johann Kresnik the director of the ballet in Bremen and provoked with his socially critical political revues. In 1973 Pina Bausch the director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal and attracted a lot of attention with her poetic border crossings between dance and acting. In 1978 Reinhild Hoffmann went to Bremen and established her version of a more dance-oriented, image-rich dance theatre. With the Folkwang Tanzstudiodeveloped Susanne Linkeher first works, impressive in their reduction.


The new form, which combined poetry with social awareness, enjoyed increasing success from the late 1970s onwards and has since achieved world renown. Dance theatre has initiated an emancipation of dance worldwide and inspired numerous choreographers to develop their own.



(Norbert Servos)

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Bausch, Pina

Bohner, Gerhard

Dietrich, Urs

Goldin, Daniel

Hoffmann, Reinhild

Horn, Henrietta

Kresnik, Johann

Linke, Susanne

Pauls, Irina

Schlömer, Joachim


Bremer Tanztheater

Folkwang Tanzstudio, Essen

Stage works / video clips:

Pictures of an exhibition | G. Bohner, 1981

Blauzeit | H. Horn, 2006

Callas | R. Hoffmann, 1983

The Things in My Hand | G. Bohner, 1979

Family Dialogue | J. Kresnik, 1979

Föhn | R. Hoffmann, 1985

Freigang | H. Horn, 2007

Im Bade wannen | S. Linke, 1980

Persona | U. Dietrich, 2003

Solo mit Sofa | R. Hoffmann, 1977

Ulrike Meinhof | J. Kresnik, 1990

Wendewut | J. Kresnik, 1993

Chor. Avantgarde | U. Dietrich

Chor. Avantgarde | D. Goldin

Chor. Avantgarde | H. Horn

Chor. Avantgarde | J. Schlömer