Dancing his choreographies is like learning Chinese. With Marco you’re constantly pushing up against your own boundaries. You’reforcedtoextremes
Rein Putkamer, Scapino Ballet
The German choreographer Marco Goecke is viewed both in his native country and in the Netherlands as one of the greatest choreographic discoveries of the (admittedly very fresh) 21st century. What’s striking about his work is notable is its completely individual atmosphere: mysterious, magical, often sinister and sometimes absurdist as well. His movement vocabulary is unique as well: for a long time Goecke put the focus on movements of the torso, the arms and hands, with nervous twisting, fluttering, waving and trembling motions. Goecke’s idiom is very quirky and innovative – quite often the dancers even just lay on their backs and, due to the low light, their legs were mostly wrapped in darkness.
In less than ten years of work as a house choreographer of the Stuttgart ballet and of Scapino Ballet he has made 45 productions, often performed by both companies. In addition he has created work for such companies as the Hamburg Ballet, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Leipzig Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, the Norwegian National Ballet and the Gauthier Dance Company in Stuttgart.
His best-known choreographies include Der Rest ist Schweigen, Äffi, Beautiful Freak, his full-length, ballet-noir version of The Nutcracker, Supernova and Songs for Drella. Many of Goecke’s creations are voted "Best production of the year".