In season 2013/2014 Marco Goecke (Wuppertal, 1972) joined NDT as an associate choreographer. Before, he created the pieces Nichts (2008) en Garbo Laughs (2012) for NDT 1, of which the latter was nominated for the Dutch dance prize Zwaan 2012. He received the Nijinsky Award 2006 as emerging choreographer. Recently he created the new work Hello Earth for NDT 1 in Programme III (premiere 29 January, 2014) and NDT 2 revived Nichts in Programme A (premiere 31 October, 2013). Goeckes work is performed by dance companies worldwide.
Goecke made his first choreography Loch with Theater Hagen, which was also performed during the International Choreography Concours Hannover. In 2001 he created his first work for the Stuttgart Ballet, Chicks. Since then he created several choreographies for this company, such as recently Black Breath and the full-evening ballet Dancer in the Dark (2012).
In 2002 Goecke was invited by the Choreographic Institute New York to create new work for the Diamond Project and the New York City Ballet. That piece, Mopey, has since then been performed at the Jacob's Pillow Festival, the Venice Biennale, the Pina Bausch Festival in Wuppertal and by the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.
Goecke has also worked in opera, creating a solo for Die verkaufte Braut for the Stuttgart Opera in 2003. That same year he entered the Prix Dom Perignon choreographic competition in Hamburg, where he was awarded first prize for Blushing. The ballet entered the repertory of Stuttgart, Hamburg Ballet and Scapino.
In 2005 he created Sweet Sweet Sweet for Stuttgart, which has been taken over by Staatsballet Hannover, Donlon Dance Company and Ballet Theater München . Also in 2005 he created Beautiful Freak for Hamburg. That same year he won the art prize of the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg, became resident choreographer at Stuttgart, created Der Rest ist Schweigen for Scapino and the very successful solo Äffi.
In 2006 he created Alles to a text of Ingeborg Bachmann for Staatstheater Braunschweig and Vicious Wishes for Stuttgart. He created as well his first full-evening ballet Nutcracker, which premiered at Stuttgart and earned him a nomination for the German theatre prize Der Faust 2007.
In 2007 Scapino staged his Beautiful Freak and Bravo Charlie and Goecke created Sonett for Leipzig Ballet. In 2008 he created Alben for Stuttgart, Suite Suite Suite for Leipzig Ballet, Whiteout for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and Nichts for NDT 2.
In 2009 he created Supernova for Scapino, Fur for the Norwegian National Ballet, Fancy goods for Stuttgart, Spectre de la rose for Monte Carlo, Le Rossignol for Leipzig, and the solo Tué for Bernice Coppieters as a honor for princess Caroline from Monaco.
In 2010 Goecke created Pierrot Lunaire for Scapino and Orlando for Stuttgart. That autumn For Sascha premiered at the New York Choreographic Institute. In 2011 Goecke and Ed Wubbe choreographed the full-evening ballet Songs for Drella, about Andy Warhol. That same year Place a Chill premiered at Pacific Nothwest Ballet, Dearest Earthly Friend in Monte Carlo and the solo In sensu at Stuttgart.
Next to Garbo Laughs in 2012-2013 Goecke made And the sky on that cloudy old day for the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, the solo I found a fox for Gauthier Dance, Impromptus for the Royal Swedish Ballet and Scapino revived his Supernova.
Next to Garbo Laughs as world premiere for NDT 1, Goecke created in 2012-2013 Black Breath for Stuttgart Ballet and And the sky on that cloudy old day for Staatsballett Berlin. In November 2012 the full evening Dancer in the dark, a cooperation between Stuttgart Ballet and Stuttgart State Theater, was premiered. In January 2013 his solo I found a fox for Eric Gauthier had its world premiere in Stuttgart and in March Sao Paulo Comanhia de Danca from Sao Paulo danced his world premiere Peekaboo at the Movimentos Festival in Wolfsbug. His piece Sweet Sweet Sweet was staged with Ballet du Rhin and Innsbruck Ballet.