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Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference promotes the furthering of the balletic discourse by providing counterpoint to today's institutional ballet.
The company brings together international dance artists of the highest caliber who differ in their genotypes, cultural backgrounds, aesthetic socializations, and sexual orientations. Their diversity reflects the program: Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference explores the boundaries of what is normative in our society. The twelve dancers are an assembly of individuals; rising stars and seasoned professionals who created with Richard Siegal at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, The Bavarian State Ballet, and The National Ballet of Marseille. Fusing with the dance are some of today's most provocative voices in style, fashion, electronic music, light and industrial design.
The union of this diverse knowledge under the direction of Richard Siegal forges a unique vision of ballet's present and future. With Munich as its homebase. Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference represents a burgeoning dance scene in Munich to a national as well as international public.

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ecotopia dance productions: biographies Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference am Schauspiel Köln Richard Siegal � sought-after worldwide as the most innovative, the most exciting dance-maker of his generation
Eva-Elisabeth Fischer

Founding artistic director of The Bakery (2006) and Ballet of Difference (2016). Recognized by a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award, The German Theatre Prize THE FAUST, S.A.C.D. Prize, a Beaumarchais, The Mouson Award, the Munich Dance Prize and the Danza&Danza award as best choreographer of the year 2017, Richard Siegal has generated international attention for a body of work that includes performances, new media projects, workshops and publications. He has been commissioned by arts institutions including Bayerisches Staatsballett, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Sao Paulo Dance Company, Bodytraffic, Festival d'Automne, The Forsythe Company, Rencontres Choréographiques, Ircam, Centre Pompidou, YCAM, Tanz im August, Ballett Frankfurt, Danspace/NYC, Theatre National de Chaillot, Ruhrtriennale, Staatsballett Berlin, Tanztheater Wuppertal.

His work with live musicians has led him to collaborate with Alberto Posadas (Glossopoeia), Diane Labrosse (Double Story), Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch (coPirates, Homo Ludens, Black Swan, Three Stages), Eric-Maria Couturier (Op. Infinity and Homo Ludens), Wolfgang Zamistil (Homo Ludens, As If Stranger), Arto Lindsay (Muscle) and Hubert Machnik (Civic Mimic).

Collaborations with architects and industrial designers include Konstantin Grcic (UNITXT), Francois Roche (Civic Mimic), Didier Faustino (Still Life, The World to Darkness and to Me), Virginie Mira (Stranger Trilogy, Glossopoeia), Peter Zuspan (Multinatural (blackout), Muscle) and Alexander Kada (Venice Biennale of Architecture). Collaborations with costume and fashion designers include Alexandra Bertaut, Bernhard Willhelm, Becca McCharen/Chromat, Marta Jakubowski and Flora Miranda together with stylist, Edda Guddmundottir.

Richard Siegal was Artist-in-Residence at ZKM/Karlsruhe, Bennington College and The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, and Muffatwerk Munich, From 2005 to 2015, he was an Associated Artist of The Forsythe Company. He is a MacDowell Fellow and honorary member of The Bolshoi Ballet's Benois de la Danse.

Since the season 2019/2020 Richard Siegal and the 12 dancers of his Ballet of Difference are associated artists at Schauspiel Köln.

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