Stephanie Thiersch

Stephanie Thiersch studied dance and the humanities in Germany and France, then later media art under the performance artist Valie Export at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. With her company MOUVOIR, founded in 2000, she has developed more than 50 stage pieces, films and installations, which have performed nationally and internationally at significant festivals and theatres and which have won several awards. Since 2018 the company has been in receipt of a ‘promotion of excellence’ grant from the state of North Rhine Westphalia as well as a TANZPAKT grant. It puts on spoken salons and participative labs to foster encounters.

Thiersch’s works are characterized by a radical diversity that achieves a light-footed switch from the street to the opera house. She views her choreographic work in a broader understanding of interdisciplinary movement research, which initially incorporates media and long-term research into pictorial bodies/body image into choreographic considerations (e.g. the dance film ‘Georgia’, ZDF/3sat, Deutscher Videotanzpreis 2002) and puts the spotlight on the visual arts and pop culture and currently on music in particular.

Thiersch was a visiting professor at the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft in Giessen, among other places. She has taught at the conservatoires in both Cologne and Frankfurt. Together with Ensemblenetzwerk Freihandelszone she has curated the festival URBÄNG! for more than ten years now. She has been a member of the Franco-German Council of Culture since 2016.

Since 2011 Stephanie Thiersch has been part of a collective with African artists that confronts themes relating to the post-colonial legacy. The fashion concert ‘Chombotrope’, which won the Kölner Theaterpreis 2017, is touring Europe and Africa and was also invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen 2018. The collaboration with the Asasello Quartett, launched in 2014, resulted in ‘Bronze by Gold’ in 2015. In 2016 she implemented City Dance Köln in co-production with the Kölner Philharmonie. This project was a dance course with more than 600 actors and 10,000 spectators and was designed as a politically motivated art manifestation throughout Cologne’s urban space.

Stephanie Thiersch beim Beethovenfest






7:30 pm

Battle of images

  • Asasello Quartett
  • Orchester Les Siècles
  • Benjamin Shwartz Conductor
  • MOUVOIR Kompanie
  • Stephanie Thiersch choreography, director
  • Brigitta Muntendorf music direction, Composition
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