ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 2020: Change in the artistic direction of “choreography” -           International Competition for Choreography Hannover


Nanine Linning, longtime jury member and since 2017 Artistic Director of the Choreography, the International Competition for Choreography Hannover, gives up her own post, as she does not have enough time to perform this task due to her extensive artistic commitments at home and abroad to perceive the intensity and devotion she deems necessary.

The Ballett Gesellschaft Hannover regrets this step very much, thanks Nanine Linning for the always good cooperation and wishes her all the best for her future career.


At the same time, we are pleased to introduce a very competent successor: Gregor Zöllig, Chief Choreographer of the Tanztheater at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, will be the new Artistic Director of Choreography from 2020 onwards. The native Swiss has long been closely linked to the competition as a member of the jury and in 1996 was a prizewinner himself.

"I look forward to the artistic direction of the International Competition for Choreography, which forms an important platform for contemporary dance in order to discover new trends and to discover young talents," says Gregor Zöllig.

"With his artistic competence, friendship, proximity and networking with ballet directors and dance theater directors in Europe, there will be many impulses for further development of the competition", explain Dr. Birgit Grüßer and Helmut Jochheim of the Ballett Gesellschaft Hannover the appointment.

Born in St. Gallen and raised in Switzerland, Gregor Zöllig started his dancer education at the age of seventeen at the Folkwang Musikhochschule in Essen. He then continues his studies at the Ballet Academy of the Stuttgart John Cranko School.
From 1989 to 1995 Gregor Zöllig worked as a dancer and solo dancer at the theaters in Aachen and Münster. During this time several choreographic works are created for these theaters. In 1996 he became Assistant and Guest Training Manager at the Bremen Dance Theater under the artistic direction of Urs Dietrich. In 1995, he founded and runs his own company until 1997, when he moved to the Tanztheater der Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück as director and choreographer. Together with Christine Biedermann, he is the director of the Tanztheater Osnabrück for eight years. His work focuses on the development of his own dance pieces.
Through his collaboration with international guest choreographers and the guest performances of international dance companies, Tanztheater Osnabrück was representative of the exchange of innovative dance styles.
From August 2005 to August 2015 Gregor Zöllig (until 2012 together with Christine Biedermann) will be leading the Tanztheater Bielefeld with the same artistic intensions. These were Guy Nader and Maria Campos, Susanne Linke, Reinhild Hoffmann, Henrietta Horn, Rainer Behr, Stijn Celis, Ihsan Rustem, Ryan Mason and Annamari Kereskinen, Anna Konjetzki, Fabien Prioville, Urs Dietrich, Andre Gingras, Guilherme Botelho and Jo Stromgren. Guy Weizmann and Roni Haver, Lionel Hoche, Örjan Anderson, Rami Levi, Anouk van Dijk, the Nederlands Dans Theater, Cie. Alias Geneva, Hamburg Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Tero Saarinen Compagnie u.a. visiting Osnabrück, Bielefeld or Braunschweig.