Joachim Schlömer

Director and Choreographer was born near Cologne, Germany. After studying at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany Mark Morris engaged him as a dancer for the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, and in 1990, he founded his own company JOSCH, where he created his first full-length works. In 1991, Schlömer was appointed ballet director at the Theater Ulm in Germany. During this time he met Mikhail Baryshnikov, for whose White Oak Dance Project Schlömer created three choreographies. 1994, Schlömer founded the Tanztheater at the Nationaltheater Weimar, Germany, which he directed until 1996, when he was appointed ballet director of the Theater Basel, Switzerland.Schlömer directed and choreographed dance, opera and theatre productions during his time in Basel and started to dissolve the borders between the different arts. That was the origin of "La Guerra d'Amore" after Lettera Amorosa of Claudio Monteverdi for dancers and singers in close collaboration with René Jacobs for the Innsbrucker Festtage für Alte Musik. It was also with this production, that Schlömer opened the Berliner Theatertreffen in May 2000.

With "Senza Fine", based on Fellini's life work and "Bernarda Alba's Haus", with the composer Helmut Oehring he created his last works for the ballet in Basel before he set on foot as freelance choreographer and director in summer 2001.

Since then, Schlömer has created works for Folkwang Fest der Künste in Essen and the company Provincial Dances Jekaterinburg in Russia. In fall 2001 "Guerra d'Amore" was presented for the first time in the United States at Zellerbach Hall at the University of California in Berkeley. Schlömer started the year 2002 with a new piece for dancers and singers "Les Larmes du Ciel" using music of Monteverdi, Händel, Vivaldi etc. in Coproduction of the Luzerner Theater, Switzerland and the Hebbel-Theater in Berlin. After "Nervenwaage" for the Burgtheater in Vienna he again combined acting and dance in his production "Fit for Life", which was presented by the Schauspielhaus Cologne in April.

Joachim Schlömer just finished his first movie as a director for the Swiss Television and is about to prepare his new piece "The Day I Go To The Body" for the Salzburg Festival in cooperation with PACT Zollverein Choreographisches Zentrum in Essen.

Joachim Schlömer was awarded the Otto-Kasten Preis and the German Critics Award.
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