Nanine Linning

Nanine Linning (1977) is regarded one of the most successful current Dutch choreographers and directors. She graduated from the Rotterdam Dance Academy in 1998 as one of the first students of the choreographic department. During her training she assisted William Forsythe and Dana Caspersen with their dance film From a classical position (2007). That same year Nanine Linning set up her own Foundation that continues to support her artistic visions until today.


Nanine Linning is known for her multidisciplinary signature and visually powerful works. Combining different art forms into a dynamic hybrid work of art, she works with prominent dancers, visual artists, (fashion) designers, video artists and musicians. Nanine choreographs pieces with an extremely physical dance language in which she expresses recognizable emotions and primary human instincts, urges and desires. She creates a compelling world in which human survival and interaction become visible, and in which human beings are portrayed in their nullity as well as their grandiosity.


Nanine Linning has been awarded a series of prices throughout her career, including the Golden Swan for Best Production of the Netherlands and the Phillip Morris Arts Prize in 2003 for her whole oeuvre. From 2001 until 2006 she was appointed as Europe youngest house choreographer at Scapino Ballet. She then continued her work as artistic director of her own company NANINELINNING.NL, subsequently directing the dance companies at Theater Osnabrück and Theater Heidelberg (from 2012), combining her role as main choreographer and opera director with her position as artistic director.


Nanine Linning created a series of successful productions including 'Bacon' (5 dancers, artist Francis Bacon), 'Dolby' (11 dancers, cross-over of dance production and rock concert) and 'ZERO' in collaboration with fashion designer Iris van Herpen. Welcomed with extraordinary praise from audience and critics, the company ended their 'ZERO' tour at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam where the dancers invaded the catwalk.


Since 2014 Nanine Linning is the artistic director of the 'Tanzbiennale Heidelberg', Germany. Since 2016 she is also the artistic director of the International Choreographic Competition in Hannover, Germany.


Nanine Linning's creation 'The Black Painting' for Gauthier Dance Company was presented to great acclaim as part of their INFINITY series. At the beginning of 2015 she premiered 'Hieronymus B',  a celebration of the 500 year anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch. This visually explosive work was co-produced by the Bosch500 Foundation and was part of the opening ceremony at the internationally sought after exhibition about Bosch’s works in February 2016, Den Bosch, Netherlands.


Her latest full evening 'Khôra' premiered on November 12th 2016 in Heidelberg to great acclaim. For her latest production Nanine Linning delves deep into the primal state and brings it to life in an astonishing way.


Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater Heidelberg will present her full evening work 'Silver'(2015)  in 10 Dutch cities between January and May 2017. 

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