Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart is a young, dynamic company of 16 highly individual, versatile dancers, directed by the dancer, choreographer and musician Eric Gauthier. The Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart presents contemporary dance by Gauthier himself as well as internationally renowned choreographers such as Mauro Bigonzetti, Marie Chouinard, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Itzik Galili, Lightfoot/León, Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal/Gai Behar, Richard Siegal, Nacho Duato, Ed Wubbe, Roni Haver & Guy Weizman and Nadav Zelner. What’s more, two of today's most highly regarded choreographers are associated with Gauthier Dance as artists-in-residence: Marco Goecke (since 2019) and Hofesh Shechter (since summer 2021).
Set up in October 2007, Gauthier Dance established itself in the German dance scene with record speed and has become an international brand. During the first years, the company's acclaim was based on their original, humorous bills that also attracted a big young audience. Today, the programme is every bit as accessible but offers a wider choice of styles and moods. In summer 2010, Gauthier Dance saw the successful world premiere of their first full-length piece, Christian Spuck´s POPPEA//POPPEA, which was included among the 10 top productions of the season 2009/10 by the British specialist magazine Dance Europe and earned Spuck the German Theatre Prize THE FAUST 2011. Just two years later and against all statistical odds, the „German Academy Award“ once again went to a member of Gauthier Dance: Anna Süheyla Harms won THE FAUST 2013 as Best Performer Dance.
Parallel to its growing fame, Gauthier Dance has intensified collaborations with international star choreographers. Following the rave success of Mauro Bigonzetti's narrative ballet Alice the next full-length piece saw its world première in June 2016: Marco Goecke's exploration of the myth NIJINSKI – a ballet which was equally celebrated by critics and audiences and is widely regarded as another milestone in the company's development. Awards include a Premio Danza&Danza 2016 for Marco Goecke as Best Choreographer and for Rosario Guerra as Dancer of the Year plus a particularly gratifying distinction: In the Yearbook 2017, the readers of the German specialist magazine tanz voted NIJINSKI the first winner in the new category Favourite of the Year.
In March 2017, the company celebrated its first ten years with the anniversary programme BIG FAT TEN. The seasons since have been just as stacked with highlight productions, including Grandes Dames, a tribute to the women of dance, the bill of duets Deuces featuring eight world premieres by international star choreographers, as well as Classy Classics, the opener of the 3rd COLOURS International Dance Festival 2019.
Even during the pandemic the company proved pretty unstoppable. In the summer of 2020, artist-in-residence Marco Goecke created the full-length piece Do You Love Gerswhin? on extremely short notice and under COVID conditions. The 2020/21 season even saw three spectacular premieres: Swan Lakes with four new contemporary readings of the ballet classic by Marie Chouinard, Marco Goecke, Hofesh Shechter and Cayetano Soto, as well as an encouraging initiative that attracted a great deal of attention beyond the dance world: For The Dying Swans Project, 16 choreographers, 16 videographers and 16 composers created a solo for each member of Gauthier Dance – available free of charge on the Theaterhaus YouTube channel and in the 3sat media library. The response was overwhelming and even German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier informed himself about the project in a live chat with Eric Gauthier. As The Dying Swans Live Experience, the production is now also performed on stage, both at Theaterhaus and at the venues of the international co-production partners.
In addition to the performances at its home base Theaterhaus Stuttgart, the company is busy touring to international dance cities including Toronto, New York, Tel Aviv, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Monaco, Québec City, Montréal, Berlin and Chicago.
What's more, Gauthier Dance undertakes an extensive Educational and Community Outreach programme, the first of its kind in Germany: Gauthier Dance Mobile. With a specially tailored repertory of works which can be presented in small spaces, the pioneering format brings contemporary dance to people who cannot come to the theatre themselves. Gauthier Dance Mobile performs at youth centres, hospitals or at old people's homes.
Theaterhaus Stuttgart, which opened its doors in 1985, is a unique cultural center which presents theatre, music, dance, cabaret, comedy, literature, political discussions and more on a total of four stages. Not only has Theaterhaus a long tradition of producing and presenting dance theatre; best known are the collaborations between Marcia Haydée and Ismail Ivo. It has also traditionally been and continues to be, a venue for the free-lance dance scene in Stuttgart. Gauthier Dance is the First Resident Contemporary Dance Company in Stuttgart.