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Matthias Stutte

Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach

What Dancers Do

A day with the Ballet Company Theater Krefeld und Mönchengladbach


Available from Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 16:00 CET

What Dancers Do is a documentary film about the ballet company of the Theater Krefeld und Mönchengladbach under the direction of Robert North.

Based on the final rehearsals for the ballet evening Alles neu (Everything new), the film provides insights into the dancers' everyday work, especially under Covid conditions, and accompanies them from training to stage performance. Backstage scenes that usually remain hidden from the theatre audience are also captured from alternating perspectives.

The internationally renowned choreographer Robert North, ballet director in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach since 2010, talks about his life as a dancer and focuses on the complexity of the artistic process. His thoughts on various training methods and on the different choreographies of the ballet evening round off the film.

'Covid has made us focus much more on the actual individual dancer.'

Robert North

Robert North received his dance training in London at the Royal Ballet School and the Contemporary Dance Theatre. He danced with the Martha Graham Company in New York, among others. In 1981 he became artistic director of Ballet Rambert, and in 1990 ballet director of the Teatro Regio in Turin. Other artistic directorships include Gothenburg Ballet, Corpo di Ballo Dell'Arena di Verona and Scottish Ballet.

Robert North's international breakthrough as a choreographer came in 1974 with Troy Game. To date he has created around 100 of his own choreographies and has worked with over 95 companies worldwide. He has won numerous prizes, including the Golden Prague Award for For my Daughter.

Since 2007, Robert North has worked as chief choreographer at the Krefeld and Mönchengladbach theatres and became ballet director here in 2010, where he has dedicated himself to continuous ensemble work and the promotion of young talent.