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Hessisches Staatsballett, is the shared dance company of Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Staatstheater Darmstadt. Since its foundation in 2014, the company stands for a diverse, cultural range of classical and contemporary dance productions.
Since season 2020/21 Bruno Heynderickx directs the 28 dancer ensemble who produce each season an average of four programs by well-known German and international guest choreographers such as Bryan Arias, Edward Clug, Eyal Dadon, Sharon Eyal, Marco Goecke, Martin Harriague, Damien Jalet, Ohad Naharin, Crystel Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Imre & Marne Van Opstal Next to its own productions, the Hessisches Staatsballett curates a guest performance program in which it presents the productions of a number of high-ranking guest companies as well as the work of promising upcoming dance professionals. Furthermore, the Hessisches Staatsballett invests in co-producing the work of independent dance makers and offers several artistic residences each season. This format of a full time ballet ensemble combined with an extensive guest performance & residence program is unique in Germany and offers the audiences in Wiesbaden and Darmstadt a large and diverse spectrum of dance.
In addition to this the Hessisches Staatsballett also puts great importance and developed a comprehensive outreach program in which amongst others dance is brought schools, workshops are organized and regularly open classes offered.
Last but not least, the Hessisches Staatsballett is a founding member of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, a platform that aims to strengthen the position of dance in the Rhein Main region. Together with its cooperation partner – Künstler:innenhaus Mousonturm – a wide variety of formats, ranging from dance clubs, artistic residences, dance in schools or large participatory projects, are developed and organized year round. The most visible part of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main activities is the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main, which takes place in several cities of the Rhein Main region.rom many countries lives dance as a lively network of relationships of artistic and societal expression.

ecotopia dance productions: biographies Hessisches Staatsballett Bruno Heynderickx
Ballet director

With his graduation from the Stedelijk Instituut voor Ballet, Antwerp in 1986, Bruno Heynderickx began an international career. He danced for some of the most famous dance companies in Europe: Scapino Ballet, Ballet du Nord, Euroballet, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Rui Horta Stage Works and others with a repertoire from the classics to the most contemporary works. In addition, he created his own works at the side of Amanda Miller, Nils Christe, Ed Wubbe and Thierry Malandin. In 1998, Heynderickx met the Portuguese choreographer Rui Horta. He danced in many of his productions, became his artistic assistant and studied his works with other companies. At the same time he worked as a guest teacher for many European companies. In 2000, he supported Rui Horta in setting up the multidisciplinary art and residence center O Espaço do Tempo as person responsible for public relations as well as tour manager. Under the direction of Horta, Heynderickx was the coordinator of ECL COLINA, the major European interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with Dance City Newcastle, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Kanuti Gildi Saal Tallinn, GRAN teater for Dans Aarhus, O Espaço do Tempo and Théâtre les Bernardines Marseille. In 2005, Heynderickx founded the international production agency CAMPAI vzw. for contemporary dance and theater based in Belgium. From 2008 to 2014 Heynderickx was Artistic Director of the contemporary Norwegian dance company Carte Blanche. He then became curator of Hessisches Staatsballett and, since the 2020/21 season, its ballet director.

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