Nanine Linning


Since 2017 Nanine  Linning is artistic director of the International Competition for Choreography in Hanover.

Nanine Linning consciously leaves the beaten theatrical path with her artistic vision by intensely integrating dance, design, video, music, visual arts and fashion. Her extremely physical choreographies and out of the box events make reference to human instincts and emotions as well as aspects of cultural history and social criticism. She holds a Bachelor in Arts with a major in Choreography from Rotterdam Dance Academy (CODARTS). During her training she assisted William Forsythe with his dance film “From a classical position”.

 In the year 2000 she was nominated for the Dutch Culture Prize. In August 2002 she received the Perspektief Prize for her whole oeuvre. In 2003 she received the Phillip Morris Arts Prize for her whole oeuvre. In 2006 she received for her production BACON the Golden Swan for Best Production of the Netherlands. She was named ‘Diva of Dance by broadcasting channel NPS in 2007. Quote Magazine titled her as Business Babe of 2008, and in the same year Viva Magazine quoted her as one of the 400 most successful women of the Netherlands. In 2010 she received the Theaterkijk Prize for her production ENDLESS SONG OF SILENCE and the Mus prize for her production DOLBY.

VOICE OVER was nominated for Der Faust award 2012, Germany’s most important theatre prize. In 2013 Nanine was nominated again for Der Faust, this time for her production ZERO. The renowned theatre magazine ‘Die Deutsche Bühne’ named Linning in 2013 and 2014 twice in the category: ‘Outstanding contribution to dance’.

For REQUIEM she received the prestigious Swiss Dance Award 2015, given out by the Minister of Culture of Switzerland.

 From 2001 till 2006 Linning was appointed as Europe youngest house choreographer at Scapino Ballet, a large modern dance company to create her ensemble works for large stages. She created 12 productions, collaborating with different composers, string quartets, DJs, animation and fashion designers.

 In March 2006 Linning left Scapino to focus on her own, Amsterdam based company broadening her work field with directing dance-opera, music theatre and film. Linning created with her own company four successful productions, BACON about the painter Francis Bacon; CRY LOVE, a multimedia spectacle of dance and video installation; DOLBY, a cross-over of dance production and rock concert and ENDLESS SONG OF SILENCE.

Alongside she created the Cry Love Dinner (in collaboration with Chef Remco Vellinga and 20 dancers), Endless Song of Silence Extended (performance art installation with 80 dancers) and her research project Cortex (collaborating with 9 neuroscientists, neurobiologists and neuropsychologists, researching emotional states of audiences). In 2008 she launched, together with star designer Marcel Wanders, an innovative entertainment concept of champagne chandeliers with dancers hanging from it. Happy Hour Chandelier became ‘One of the best event shows in the field of entertainment’ according the New York Times.

 In August 2009 she was appointed by Intendant Holger Schultze as artistic director of Dance Company Theater Osnabrück (Germany), for which she created REQUIEM, a monumental production with more than 90 actors, dancers, orchestra members, choir and vocal soloists, set to Fauré’s Requiem; VOICE OVER with composer Michiel Jansen and SYNTHETIC TWIN with Iris van Herpen. Pucini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY was her debut as opera director in 2010. Together with her dancers and film director Clara van Gool she created her first TV commercial for fashion house the Bijenkorf, exposing dance to an estimated 16 million viewers in the Netherlands. This commercial won a silver and bronze prize from EPICA, the International Advertising Awards 2012. Beat the Dutch filmed Nanine’s Passion, a documentary (45 min) on the work of Nanine Linning, which was broadcasted on Dutch Television and shown in cinemas in the Netherlands. In the same year Linning was asked to present her work for TED x Amsterdam.

 As of October 2012 she moved to Heidelberg (Germany) to set up a new dance company with Intendant Holger Schultze; till today Dance Company Nanine Linning/Theater Heidelberg is where Linning continues her work as artistic director and chief choreographer.

Her first Heidelberg-production ZERO with stunning masks and costumes from haute couture designer Iris van Herpen premièred in January 2013 and was welcomed with extraordinary praise from audience and critics. Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater Heidelberg was invited to open with ZERO the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Amsterdam. Selected as Company of the Year by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung 2013: “Nanine Linning is an unstoppable talent with longevity”.

 In December 2013 her multimedia dance production ENDLESS on Symphony #3 of Gorecki premiered in Heidelberg and was received with standing ovations and raving press reviews. In June 2014, Nanine premiered her second ‘dance opera’, directing and choreographing Philip Glass' ECHNATON. The press named it 'a new opera/dance cult in Heidelberg'.

 In the 2014/2015 Season, Linning created HIERONYMUS B., a dance triptych about the life and work of Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch. Theater magazine Die Deutsche Bühne deemed Hieronymus B. »a triumph«. According to Esslinger Zeitung, the performance is »a theater experience of the special kind« and »a great, nocturnal hallucination«. Mannheimer Morgen stresses its »aesthetic opulence and consistency«. Tanz found it »ferociously beautiful«. In February 2016, Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater Heidelberg was honored to be part of the opening ceremony of the Bosch 500 year in ‘s Hertogenbosch, a year-long event celebrating the fifth centennial of Bosch’s death.

 The 2015/2015 Season saw Linning venturing into a new and highly innovative world of dance aesthetics, consequently further developing her exuberant movement language. Her latest production SILVER , in collaboration with high-tech material designer Bart Hess addresses the intimate – and increasingly intrusive – relationship between the human and the technological, creating a dystopian world where the boundaries between men and machine become blurry. The press was unanimously positive about SILVER: Linning’s vision of what will happen when »humanoids develop the faculty of self-improvement«, looks »sensational« according to Süddeutsche Zeitung. Darmstädter Echo praised the »athletically powerful«, »highly virtuosic« and »furiously danced group scenes«. Her »experimental setup« about the question of humanities future in a technologized world is according to Stuttgarter Nachrichten »astonishingly relevant«. Dance journal tanz considers SILVER a dance production that »is likely to stay with you for a while.«

 Linning collaborated for 6 of her dance productions with Haute Couture designer Iris van Herpen; most recently with her for her SEIJAKU Couture show launched in Paris in 2016.

 Apart from her work as artist, Linning is a founding member and on the board of directors of the international dance festival Tanzbiennale Heidelberg as well as the Choreographic Center in Heidelberg.