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Philippe Kratz (2018)

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Philippe Kratz was born in Leverkusen, Germany, in 1985. From a young age, he performed in choreographer Suheyla Ferwer’s dance theatre project Bühnenkunst. In 2002, he began his professional training at École supérieure de danse du Québec in Montreal, later training at Berlin’s State Ballet School. After graduating, he joined Xin Peng Wang’s Ballett Dortmund as a soloist. Then, by invitation of director Cristina Bozzolini, he joined Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2008, performing in works by Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, William Forsythe, Hofesh Shechter and Rihoko Sato among others.

From 2010 onwards, Philippe began creating smaller choreographic works for dancers of Aterballetto, including the pieces Lettres d’amour (2012), SPRING (2013) and Sentieri (2014). His first commissioned work for Aterballetto was L’eco dell’acqua (2015), a piece for sixteen dancers that is an interpretation of Goethe’s 1779 poem Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (English: Song of the Spirits over the Waters).

Philippe’s 2017 piece for nine dancers, Phoenix, was a turning point in his approach to choreography due to its rather conceptual structure, the inclusion of theme-based improvisation as part of the creative process, and its original score by Italian composer Borderline Order, which Philippe co-produced.

The duet O (2018) was Philippe’s first work featuring himself as a dancer, alongside Ivana Mastroviti, and won him First Prize at the prestigious 32nd International Choreographic Competition Hannover, as well as an artistic residency at Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide granted by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation. In 2019, moved by the writings of Bauhaus artist and weaver Anni Albers, Philippe created cloud|materia for Aterballetto. In January 2020, Philippe was awarded Choreographer of Year by Italian Danza&Danza magazine. More recently, he created Alpha Grace, a choral piece on empathy and compassion, for Aterballetto in early 2021.