(b Darmstadt, 1958; d Berlin, 21 Nov. 2004)
German dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied at the Stuttgart School and briefly at the School of American Ballet before returning to dance in the Stuttgart Ballet. He began choreographing in the 1980s, including The Creation (mus. Haydn, 1984), and after directing the Zurich Ballet (1986–91) he was appointed artistic director of Leipzig Ballet. He was a prolific choreographer, and his works entered the repertory of many companies, including Stuttgart, Leipzig, Zurich, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, La Scala, and Nederlands Dans Theater. He took his inspiration from a wide range of music, e.g Amerika (mus. various US composers, 1994) and Mozart's ‘Great’ Mass, K. 427 (1998).