Jochen Ulrich

(b. 1944)

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(b Osterode, 3 Aug. 1944)

German dancer, choreographer, and company director. He studied at the Cologne Institute of Theatre Dance (1964–7) and joined the Cologne Opera Ballet in 1967, becoming a leading soloist and choreographer. His work combined classical and modern dance elements and in 1971, when the company assumed a more contemporary focus and was renamed Dance Forum of the Cologne State Opera, Ulrich was appointed one of its three artistic directors, becoming sole director and chief choreographer in 1987. He and the company played a significant role in establishing Germany's post-war modern dance scene, staging works by choreographers like Bruce, van Manen, and Tetley as well as a large repertory of works by Ulrich himself, many full length. In 1997, two years after the Cologne Dance Forum became independent from the opera house, the company folded. Since then Ulrich has worked as a freelance choreographer, creating several works for Iceland Dance Theatre and also directing Tanztheater of the Tiroler in Innsbruck. A list of his works includes Lewis C. (mus. Ivo Malec, 1970), The Miraculous Mandarin (mus. Bartók, 1980), American Landscapes (mus. Gershwin and Ives, 1983), Lyric Suite (mus. Berg, 1984), Neue und Curieuse Theatralische Tantz-Schul (mus. Mauricio Kagel, 1988), Lulu (mus. Nino Rota, 1990), Graf Dracula (mus. Samuelina Tahija, 1991), Carmen (mus. Egberto Gismondi, 1993), Peer Gynt (mus. Sibelius and Górecki, 1994), Goya (mus. Bo Spaenc, 1995), Get Up Early (mus. Joachim Kühn, 1996), Ein (1999), and Diaghilev, the legends (2000), both for Iceland Dance Theatre. He also choreographed extensively for theatre and musicals, including a production of Chicago at Reykjavik City Theatre.

Subjects: Dance.

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