Company Biography

photo by nils klinger / © staatstheater kassel


the companies johannes wieland and the dance theater company at the staatstheater kassel are giving shape to the vision of its founder, artistic director and choreographer, johannes wieland. the work employs an architecturally driven understanding of bodies, movement and space probing deeply into the human psyche to create an abstract, metaphorically rich repertory of pieces. 

johannes wieland premiered in 2002 with a sold-out run in new york city and has since attained reputable acclamation and received several prestigious awards. since 2006, in addition to heading his own company, wieland holds a permanent position as artistic director and choreographer of the resident dance company of the staatstheater kassel in germany, where he continually invites choreographers [hofesh shechter, chris haring, jozef frucek/linda kapetanea, etc], works with composers [ben frost, espen sommer eide/phonophani] and creates pieces with the state orchestra for the opera house, as well as medium and small productions for the other available two stages.


the companies have been presented by numerous national and international venues and festivals [zkm/germany, jacobs pillow/usa, dtw/usa], in addition to conducting residency programs [the yard/usa, bienale textile/lithuania], lecture demonstrations [bard collage/usa, dance nyc/usa] and guest teaching [the juilliard school/usa, new york university/usa, folkwang universität der künste/germany].