Micha Purucker

Choreographer

Micha Purucker studied architecture, art history, cultural anthropology and dramatics before studying dance in Munich and Stockholm. As choreographer and artistic director for the Munich based dance collective Dance Energy (1985-2000), he created 52 evening-length pieces of which the company gave guest performances in Germany and abroad. 2000-2008 he worked under the label "living room" – the new umbrella was meant to extent the choreographic field: non-theatrical formats, interventions and lectures were treated equivalent to full-evening performances and films. The period was characterized by many work stays in Korea, mainly at the Korean National University of Arts and resulted in a lot of german-korean co.productions as well as seing Purucker as director of the contemporary dance department of chung ang university in 2007. When back in Germany Purucker decided to focus even more on osmosis and the diffusion of art and the widing of his artistic field: the work opened up for urban planning and space production, he was curating several series of lectures for the city of munich on dance and bio.politics and was part.time curator of RODEO, Munichs' first free lance theatre festival in 2010. For his idiosyncratic work in the fields of dance, theatre, installation, video, foto and film Purucker very soon gained recognition: he was chosen 4 times for the german dance plattform, he was guest choreographer at luzerntanz 1999 - 2002 and the annual of DEUTSCHE BÜHNE 2005 mentioned him as outstanding contributor for the development of theatrical methods and tools. He received several prices: including the supportive prize for interpretive art (1990), the supportive prize for dance of the state capital city of Munich (1997), the special prize of the jury of rheintanzmedia.web and a residency at p.a.c.t. (2002), TANZPREIS – Munich 2003; in the words of the jury: "His theatricality is fundamental, relevant, avoids spectacular effects. Puruckers' work appears as seriously as transparent; it was and is an independent, idiosyncratic and incorruptible reference in the dance scene." Micha Purucker was one of the first choreographers in Germany with "abstract" pieces in a new and free style beyond modern dance and dance theater: His work is based on the basic parameters of body and space and operates in a variety of formats: stage, installation, public space, film, objects, paintings, interventions. For Purucker dance is behaviour and as such a response, a response to environmental conditions whether real or in a more metaphorical sense. Of particular interest are physical states, questions of perception and the experience of space in all senses. As a teacher, movement coach and curator, Purucker is working for national and international projects, universities and artists' initiatives. Always in focus: the body in a special environment, in a special atmosphere and in a complex interplay of movement, sound, light – the body under influences. Due to the physicality, presence and intensity of the dancers emerges an interactive space which can be experienced almost physically by the audience – and as such is a body condition spread out in space and as such and ultimately an internal space made external and communicative. Purucker has been organizing lectures, workshops on body, body art and related issues, as he sees dance always as a component of body - and bio-politics. As demanding his projects and procedure might seem, his pieces are always grounded, direct, sensual and aesthetically gripping. Due to his years in Korea Purucker has developed a strong interest in intercultural issues and cross-border and border-border body images and practices.


Out from the list of supporters and co-producers (since 1988) should be named: Hebbel Theater, Berlin; InArt Center, Lubljana; Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel, Munich; SIDance-Festival, Seoul; Mousonturm, Frankfurt; ARC Romainmoitiers, Romainmoitiers; Theatre Contemporain de la Danse, Paris; Place Theatre, London; CCN Odile Duboc, Belfort; Dance 2000 Munich; Luzerntanz at Luzerner Theater; LDP-laboratory dance projects-Seoul; i-camp, Munich; Tanzwerkstatt Europa, Munich, correios em movimentos, Rio; RODEO – Munich; Dorstei – Pinneberg; Akademie Wolfenbüttel; ttamtamogchi,Seoul.


Member of jury: Tanzpreis Stuttgart (2006), Seoul dance competition (2007), Tanzpreis München (2013)

Micha Purucker