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Nanine Linning, Amsterdam, 1977

Nanine Linning consciously leaves the beaten theatrical path with her artistic vision by intensely integrating dance, design, video, music, visual arts and fashion. Her extremely physical choreographies and out of the box events make reference to human instincts and emotions as well as aspects of cultural history and social criticism. She holds a Bachelor in Arts with a major in Choreography from Rotterdam Dance Academy (CODARTS). During her training she assisted William Forsythe with his dance film “From a classical position”.

In the year 2000 she was nominated for the Dutch Culture Prize. In August 2002 she received the Perspektief Prize for her whole oeuvre. In 2003 she received the Phillip Morris Arts Prize for her whole oeuvre. In 2006 she received for her production BACON the Golden Swan for Best Production of the Netherlands. She was named ‘Diva of Dance by broadcasting channel NPS in 2007. Quote Magazine titled her as Business Babe of 2008, and in the same year Viva Magazine quoted her as one of the 400 most successful women of the Netherlands. In 2010 she received the Theaterkijk Prize for her production ENDLESS SONG OF SILENCE and the Mus prize for her production DOLBY.

VOICE OVER was nominated for Der Faust award 2012, Germany’s most important theatre prize. In 2013 Nanine was nominated again for Der Faust, this time for her production ZERO. The renowned theatre magazine ‘Die Deutsche Bühne’ named Linning in 2013 and 2014 twice in the category: ‘Outstanding contribution to dance’.

For REQUIEM she received the prestigious Swiss Dance Award 2015, given out by the Minister of Culture of Switzerland.

From 2001 till 2006 Linning was appointed as Europe youngest house choreographer at Scapino Ballet, a large modern dance company to create her ensemble works for large stages. She created 12 productions, collaborating with different composers, string quartets, DJs, animation and fashion designers.

In March 2006 Linning left Scapino to focus on her own, Amsterdam based company broadening her work field with directing dance-opera, music theatre and film. Linning created with her own company four successful productions, BACON about the painter Francis Bacon; CRY LOVE, a multimedia spectacle of dance and video installation; DOLBY, a cross-over of dance production and rock concert and ENDLESS SONG OF SILENCE.

Alongside she created the Cry Love Dinner (in collaboration with Chef Remco Vellinga and 20 dancers), Endless Song of Silence Extended (performance art installation with 80 dancers) and her research project Cortex (collaborating with 9 neuroscientists, neurobiologists and neuropsychologists, researching emotional states of audiences). In 2008 she launched, together with star designer Marcel Wanders, an innovative entertainment concept of champagne chandeliers with dancers hanging from it. Happy Hour Chandelier became ‘One of the best event shows in the field of entertainment’ according the New York Times.

In August 2009 she was appointed by Intendant Holger Schultze as artistic director of Dance Company Theater Osnabrück (Germany), for which she created REQUIEM, a monumental production with more than 90 actors, dancers, orchestra members, choir and vocal soloists, set to Fauré’s Requiem; VOICE OVER with composer Michiel Jansen and SYNTHETIC TWIN with Iris van Herpen. Pucini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY was her debut as opera director in 2010. Together with her dancers and film director Clara van Gool she created her first TV commercial for fashion house the Bijenkorf, exposing dance to an estimated 16 million viewers in the Netherlands. This commercial won a silver and bronze prize from EPICA, the International Advertising Awards 2012. Beat the Dutch filmed Nanine’s Passion, a documentary (45 min) on the work of Nanine Linning, which was broadcasted on Dutch Television and shown in cinemas in the Netherlands. In the same year Linning was asked to present her work for TED x Amsterdam.

As of October 2012 she moved to Heidelberg (Germany) to set up a new dance company with Intendant Holger Schultze; till today Dance Company Nanine Linning/Theater Heidelberg is where Linning continues her work as artistic director and chief choreographer.

Her first Heidelberg-production ZERO with stunning masks and costumes from haute couture designer Iris van Herpen premièred in January 2013 and was welcomed with extraordinary praise from audience and critics. Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater Heidelberg was invited to open with ZERO the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Amsterdam. Selected as Company of the Year by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung 2013: “Nanine Linning is an unstoppable talent with longevity”.

In December 2013 her multimedia dance production ENDLESS on Symphony #3 of Gorecki premiered in Heidelberg and was received with standing ovations and raving press reviews. In June 2014, Nanine premiered her second ‘dance opera’, directing and choreographing Philip Glass' ECHNATON. The press named it 'a new opera/dance cult in Heidelberg'.

In the 2014/2015 Season, Linning created HIERONYMUS B., a dance triptych about the life and work of Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch. Theater magazine Die Deutsche Bühne deemed Hieronymus B. »a triumph«. According to Esslinger Zeitung, the performance is »a theater experience of the special kind« and »a great, nocturnal hallucination«. Mannheimer Morgen stresses its »aesthetic opulence and consistency«. Tanz found it »ferociously beautiful«. In February 2016, Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater Heidelberg was honored to be part of the opening ceremony of the Bosch 500 year in ‘s Hertogenbosch, a year-long event celebrating the fifth centennial of Bosch’s death.

The 2015/2015 Season saw Linning venturing into a new and highly innovative world of dance aesthetics, consequently further developing her exuberant movement language. Her latest production SILVER , in collaboration with high-tech material designer Bart Hess addresses the intimate – and increasingly intrusive – relationship between the human and the technological, creating a dystopian world where the boundaries between men and machine become blurry. The press was unanimously positive about SILVER: Linning’s vision of what will happen when »humanoids develop the faculty of self-improvement«, looks »sensational« according to Süddeutsche Zeitung. Darmstädter Echo praised the »athletically powerful«, »highly virtuosic« and »furiously danced group scenes«. Her »experimental setup« about the question of humanities future in a technologized world is according to Stuttgarter Nachrichten »astonishingly relevant«. Dance journal tanz considers SILVER a dance production that »is likely to stay with you for a while.«

Linning collaborated for 6 of her dance productions with Haute Couture designer Iris van Herpen; most recently with her for her SEIJAKU Couture show launched in Paris in 2016.

Apart from her work as artist, Linning is a founding member and on the board of directors of the international dance festival Tanzbiennale Heidelberg as well as the Choreographic Center in Heidelberg.

As of June 2016 Linning is named artistic director of the International Competition for Choreographers in Hanover.


The press about Nanine Linning and her work:

“Her concepts and productions are of the most innovative and interesting signatures one can experience in the field of dance and theater in Central Europe.” Fuldaur Zeitung about ECHNATON 2014

“As a stage director and choreographer of the opera ECHNATON by Philip Glass, Nanine Linning created with orchestra, choir, dancers, actors, singers, video projections, costumes and set design, a fabulous multidisciplinary work of art.” Mannheimer Morgen about ECHNATON 2014

“This moving and vivid stage direction is so far Linnings’ highlight in her creative period in Heidelberg.” Opernwelt about ECHNATON 2014

“A triumph” Die Deutsche Bühne about HIERONYMUS B. 2015

Sinfullybeautiful” Hartmut Regitz, about HIERONYMUS B. 2015

Impressive and visually powerful” Mannheimer Morgen about HIERONYMUS B. 2015

“An extraordinary theatre experience”- “a powerful, nightly phantasmagoria” Esslinger Zeitung about HIERONYMUS B. 2015

“ENDLESS… already a ‘must have seen’ of the theatre season 2013/2014.” Mannheimer Morgen about ENDLESS 2013

“Choreographer Nanine Linning finishes her triology about human emotions with ENDLESS: a triumph.” Süddeutsche Zeitung about ENDLESS 2013

“The dance impresses by its enormous physical presence and mysterious yet associative charisma.” Stuttgarter Zeitung about ZERO 2013

“At the end the apocalypse presents itself as chance and new beginning. And it’s clear that Linning understands how to project big dimensions, ever still surprising us how she visualizes them. Her intense choreography and her strong dance company have been welcomed with extraordinary applause.” Die Deutsche Bühne about ZERO 2013

“An experience for all senses.” Darmstädter Zeitung about ZERO 2013

“Dance Company Nanine Linning Heidelberg as company of the year. Why? Because with productions like REQUIEM and ZERO they made dance into a brand in Heidelberg in no time.” Selected as Company of the Year in the Year book of magazine TANZ 2013

“Nanine Linning is an unstoppable talent with longevity,” Selected as Company of the Year by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung 2013

“An audience on fire after seeing the dark apocalyptical evening: With VOICE OVER, Nanine Linning and her ensemble presented new impressing dance images. With an unbelievable strong power of suggestion, the dance images where of burning intensity.” Nachrichten Osnabrücker Zeitung about VOICE OVER 2012

“Her stage direction of ECHNATON, a total experience of dance, opera and dazzling images is of an opulence, magic and magnificence from which you can not escape.” Mannheimer Morgen about ECHNATON 2014

“When it’s about emotions and effects, Nanine Linning and her dancers tickle all senses.” Osnabrücker Zeitung about REQUIEM 2012

“With the demanding concept consisting of many artistic disciplines melted into one multi disciplinary experience, Nanine Linnings REQUIEM impressively underlines being the hit of this season and many seasons to come.” Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung about REQUIEM 2011

“Physical presence, opulent costumes by fashion designer Iris van Herpen, great video art, acrobatic finesses and brilliant music are part of this formidable, stunning concept.” Ubi Bene Magazine about ZERO, 2013

“A visual and acoustic immersive experience”
“The Swiss premiere – the world premiere took place in Heidelberg – has been rewarded by the audience with an applause lasting several minutes and standing ovations.” Berner Kulturagenda about ZERO 2013 

“Ingenuous circumvention of gravity”
“The dancers are moving soft, organically, searching each other’s contact. Their almost naked bodies, flooded by golden light, set up a landscape of exhilarating beauty and perfect harmony. The enthusiastic premiere audience in Bern answers with wuthering applause and standing ovations.” Schweizerische Depeschenagentur about ZERO 2013

 “Mission accomplished: Such a stringent dance piece has not been seen at Konzert Theater for a long time. It is virtuosic how music, choreography, stage and costumes interwoven to an organic whole.” Berner Zeitung about ZERO 2013

 “The audience bursts into a frantic applause. It rains Bravo’s. Flowers are flying around, filling the stage. Minutes long. And when Linning enters the stage this delighted audience becomes even more enthousiastic. It’s clear: ECHNATON is theatre at its best.” Mannheimer Morgen about ECHNATON 2014 June 2016