Marco Goecke

Marco Goecke

Associate choreographer

Marco Goecke (1972, Wuppertal) joined NDT as an associate choreographer in season 2013-2014. His work Wir sagen uns Dunkles (2017) for NDT 2 premiered in season 2017-2018. Earlier, he created Nichts (NDT 2, 2008), Garbo Laughs (NDT 1, 2012), Hello Earth (NDT 1, 2014), Thin Skin (NDT 1, 2015; Nominee Dutch dance Zwaan Awards ‘most impressive choreography 2015’), Woke up Blind (NDT 1, 2016) and Midnight Raga (NDT 2, 2017; winner Dutch Zwaan Awards ‘most impressive choreography 2017’). His latest work with Paul Lightfoot & Sol León and Crystal Pite, Kunstkamer, premiered in 2019. As of season 2019-2020 Goecke leads the ballet direction at State Opera Hannover.

In 1988 Marco Goecke completed his ballet education at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung Ballet Academy in Munich, after which he graduated at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 1995. Subsequently Goecke worked together with the Deutschen Oper Berlin and the Theater Hagen. Here Goecke made his first choreography in 2000. Since then Goecke is one of the world’s most sought-after choreographers, due to his particular movement language. Goecke’s work is performed by dance companies worldwide. Since 2005 Goecke is resident choreographer at the Stuttgart Ballet, between 2006 and 2011 with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and since 2013 he is also associate choreographer with Nederlands Dans Theater. In the past decade, he has created over fourty choreographies, including two full-length performances: The Nutcracker and Orlando for the Stuttgart Ballet. Goecke further created for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Hamburg Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and 2, the Norwegian National Ballet, the Leipzig Ballet and Zurich Ballet. In addition, many of his works are performed by other companies around the world, among others the Scapino Ballet, Croatian National Ballet, Gärtnerplatztheater Munich Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, the São Paulo Compañia de Dança, National Ballet of Toronto, Maggio Danza Florence, and the Stuttgart Ballet.

Nominations & Awards

In 2003, Marco won the Prix Dom Perignon in Hamburg, in 2005 he won the Culture price for Baden-Württemberg and in 2006 he won the prestigious Nijinsky Prize for upcoming choreograph in Monte Carlo. His version of the nutcracker was nominated for the FAUST Award 2007 and was broadcast by the ZDF Theater channel. In 2014, Goecke was nominated for his production On Velvet (Stuttgart 2013) for both the German Theater price, and the Taglioni Ballet Award.