(b Lüneburg, 19 Jun. 1944)
German dancer and choreographer. She studied at the Mary Wigman Studio, Berlin (1964–7), and at the Folkwang School in Essen (1967–70), dancing with Folkwang Dance Studio (1970–3) and collaborating with P. Bausch and others. She then became choreographer with the Rotterdam Dance Centre from 1970, then at the Folkwang Dance Studio (1975–85), creating works such as Satie (1977) and Ballet of Woman (medieval music, 1981) and developing the contemporary expressionist style with which she has subsequently handled her distinctively political and autobiographical concerns. From 1985 she worked freelance, creating works on herself and her own group, such as Affekte (Emotions, mus. Pierre Henry, 1990), as well as for other companies, such as ?Tristan und Isolde? (mus. Ludger Brümmer, 1992) for Nederlands Dans Theater. In 1994 she was appointed co-director (with Urs Dietrich) of the Bremer Tanztheater for which he choreographed, among others, Hamletszenen (mus. Ronald Steckel, 1996), and in 1996 was also appointed artistic director of the Choreographic Centre NRW in Essen. Between 2000 and 2001 she was artistic director of the choreographic centre Zollverein, in Essen. She continues to perform, often reworking her own solos for other dancers.