MARTIN STIEFERMANN

 CV 

Martin Stiefermann studied dance at the Ballet School of the State Opera Hamburg. Later he became member of the Hamburg Ballet, where he remained a member of the ensemble for five years. During this time he created his first choreographic works. He attended workshops by Carlos Orta, Steve Paxton, Reginé Chopinot, Steven Petronio and attended rehearsals with Johann Kresnik, William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Maurice Béjart and Merce Cunningham. 1992-95 he worked as a freelance choreographer in Vienna, Dresden, Basel, Berlin and at Kampnagel in Hamburg. He gained experience in choreographic collaborations with theatre plays and music theatre with Jossi Wieler, Kirsten Harms, Lore Stefanek and Andrzej Woran, among others. 1992 he received a choreography scholarship from the International Dance Weeks Vienna [ImPulsTanz Festival]. From 1995-97 Martin Stiefermann was director and choreographer at the Theatre Kiel. Afterwards he founded the independent dance-performance group MS Schrittmacher in Berlin. From 2001 to 2006 Martin Stiefermann was simultaneously director of the dance department at the Oldenburg State Theatre and director of his group MS Schrittmacher. During this time he installed a unique cooperation model between the two institutions and was twice festival director of the International Dance Days Oldenburg (2003+2005). Since 2007, Martin Stiefermann has been based entirely in Berlin as a freelance choreographer and director of his company MS Schrittmacher, but also works as a guest choreographer and director in Constance, Halle, Braunschweig, Lübeck, Bremerhaven, Budapest and Sofia, among other places. His repertoire of pieces now includes over 80 mostly full-length choreographies and directing works. He was a mentor for the support programme Young Artist-Flausen im Kopf and has held various teaching positions in the Department of Dance and Theatre Studies at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Bern. He is a founding member of the ZTB e.V., member of the LAFT e.V. (from 2014-2018 on the board). Since 2015 he has been a member of schloss bröllin e.V. Since 2018 he has been in charge of the residency programme at Schloss Bröllin and is project manager of VORPOMMERN TANZT AN-movin’ bröllin – TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund and on the board of Tanzregion Vorpommern e.V.. He represents schloss bröllin at the Arbeitskreis deutscher internationaler Residenzhäuser, the National Performance Network and Res artis. Since 2019 he is artistic partner of the label Art Hacking® and of the research project AL-Pro (Arts-based Learning of Soft Skills in Event Management)

1982 – 1987 dance training at the Hamburg State Opera

1987 – 1992 engagement at the Hamburg Ballet

1992 choreography scholarship – International Dance Weeks Vienna [ImPulsTanz Festival]

1992 – 1995 work as freelance choreographer ( a.o. Kampnagel-Hamburg, Teatr Kreatur-Berlin, Theater Basel, Semperoper Dresden)

1995 – 1997 director and choreographer at the Theatre Kiel

1998 foundation of the performance-dance group MS Schrittmacher (Berlin)

since 2001 founding member of Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e. V. (ZTB)

2001 – 2006 director of the Dance Company Oldenburg at the Oldenburg State Theatre since 2001 member of the Federal German Ballet and Dance Theatre Directors Conference, since 2006 associate member (BBTK)

2003 + 2005 artistic head of the festival  International Dance Days Oldenburg

2008-2014 development and management of the label Less Mess, together with Efrat Stempler, concept office for artists, marketing and interactive dance and theatre formats

2011 mentor for the support programme Young Artist-Flausen im Kopf

2014 Organizer of the ten-day festival ANITA BERBER RETRO/ PERSPEKTIVE by MS Schrittmacher, a Tanzfonds Erbe project, and publication of the book ANITA BERBER Studie

2014 teaching position at the FU Berlin, department for dance science

since 2014 member of the Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin e.V. (LAFT)

2014-2018 member of the board of the Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin e.V. (LAFT)

since 2015 member of Schloss Bröllin e.V.

2015-2017 Doppelpass-Project (of the Federal Cultural Foundation) QUO VADIS, BELLUM?, MS Schrittmacher in cooperation with the Saarländisches Staatstheater

2017 teaching position at University of Bern, department for theatre science

2018 artistic director of the residency programme at Schloss Bröllin and project manager of VORPOMMERN TANZT AN-movin’ broellin, TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund

since 2018 member of the board of Tanzregion Vorpommern e.V.

since 2019 artistic partner of the label Art Hacking® and artistic partner in the research project AL-Pro (until 2021) (Arts-based Learning of Soft Skills in the project management of events)