Nanine Linning


As head of her new and independent ensemble, Dutch choreographer Nanine Linning consciously deserts the beaten theatrical track. Moving beyond divisions and working across disciplines, her company offers a combination of dance and opera, concerts and installations. Crossing over into the fields of design, video, visual arts and fashion, the productions are characterized by a very physical movement language and an equally vivid imagery. Linning designs opulent poetic productions; her evening-length dance productions are easily accessible in their visual language. They enthuse audiences with their broad space for association and their great potential for identification as events that speak to all senses. Her close cooperation with diverse internationally known artists and scientists is reflected in the broad spectrum of her activities, which include European co-productions, guest appearances and tours, TV features and Haute Couture events.

 During her education at the Rotterdam Academy of Dance, Nanine Linning assisted William Forsythe and then worked as the resident choreographer for Scapino Ballett from 2001 to 2006. She went on to found her own company NANINELINNING.NL.

From 2009 on she was the artistic director and chief choreographer at Theater Osnabrück. In 2012, she followed Holger Schultze to Theater und Orchester Heidelberg to lead the new dance company they installed there. Steadily increasing numbers of visitors and almost continuous sold out performances give evidence of her success in Germany and abroad. Linning is one of the founding members of the festival Tanzbiennale Heidelberg as well as the Choreographic Centre Heidelberg.

 She has received multiple accolades, as well as a nomination for the »Dutch NPS Culture«-Award in 2000 and nominations for the German »FAUST«-Award in 2012 and 2013 for VOICE OVER and ZERO respectively. In the last six years, Linning’s name has appeared frequently in the yearbook tanz in their section »company or collective of the year«. She was also mentioned twice in the author survey of Die Deutsche Bühne in the category of »outstanding contributions to the current development of dance«. The new production of her piece REQUIEM by the Konzert Theater Bern in 2015 was awarded the Swiss Dance Award and was named one of the »performances of the year« by tanz.

As of the 2016|17 season, Linning is also the artistic director of the International Competition for Choreographers Hanover.

Since season 2018|19, Nanine Linning is working as independent choreographer and curator and is touring with her own Dance Company Nanine Linning internationally, starting with an intensive tour of 17 performances of BACON in Germany and the Netherlands.

 In addition to her intensive work with her new, independent ensemble structure, Nanine Linning will also create as a guest choreographer. Beginning with a commissioned work for the Stuttgart Ballet entitled REVOLT – one of three pieces in AUFBRUCH, a coproduction between the Stuttgart Ballet and the National Theater Weimar celebrating both the 100th anniversary of the Weimar Constitution and the Bauhaus anniversary, respectively. The world premiere is on March 28, 2019 in the Schauspielhaus Stuttgart.

 In the same season, the Opera House Halle/Saale will take over the 2015 at Theater Heidelberg produced dance event HIERONYMUS B., directed by Nanine Linning and coproduced by the Bosch 500 Foundation for the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. The premiere is March 16th, 2019 with Philharmonic State Orchestra Halle/Saale.

 Nanine Linning is appointed as curator for the dance program of Festspiele Ludwigshafen 2018 and 2019.