MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch



“I like a new challenge every day. I like collaborators and transcontinental links. I like social tableaux played off against internal states. I like to take a stand. I like the multiple ideas of scratching. I like cinematographic movement. I like pop, punk and pompoms. I love the we.”

Bronze by Gold / © Martin RottenkolberBronze by Gold / © Martin RottenkolberBronze by Gold / © Martin Rottenkolber



Stephanie Thiersch’s works seek a confrontation with other media but still remain dance pieces at their core. The choreographer’s interest is always directed at the body in the process of transformation and transition. Thiersch’s bodies not only oscillate between their own various media representations, but also embody heterogeneous emotional states. The confrontation between contexts is not just one between different art forms and media. As in the approach to Africa in As/ If (We Would Be), it is also a confrontation of cultures whose foreign gestures place an external gaze on what one considers one’s own. In Bronze by Gold, the musicians of the Asasello string quartet move together with the seven dancers in the space, whereby the intense movements of the music enter into their bodies so profoundly that it drives them to physical exhaustion. The piece confronts our western party culture with horrors of terror and death that we have yet to even fathom. Without having noticed it at the outset, the Belgian DJ’s scratched sounds suddenly sound like gunshots; the dancers’ ecstatic poses transform under our eyes into cries for help. They are neither one nor the other; Stephanie Thiersch suspends us between extreme states, attempts a balancing act between contexts and challenges us to take a stance in the spaces in between.
Gerald Siegmund          

Corps Étrangers (2013/2014)

for four (2014)

The Memory Machine (2014)

Bronze by Gold (2015)

City Dance Köln (2016)



Stephanie Thiersch is a choreographer, director and media artist. She studied in Germany and France, including a period at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) under VALIE EXPORT. Her works are characterised by a fusion of various media and daring alliances with other artists. She and her company MOUVOIR, founded in 2000, have given guest performances all over the world, with more than 30 stage productions, films and installations, and have received several awards, including the Deutscher Videotanzpreis (German Video Dance Prize) and the Förderpreis des Landes NRW. Her latest production with the Asasello Quartet and Di Elephant Power, Bronze by Gold, premiered at TANZ IM AUGUST in Berlin. She is currently working in cooperation with the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philarmonic Orchestra) on a performative transcription of Anna Halprin’s City Dances.