O’Donnell Dep. Artistic Director & Dancer

Tilman O'Donnell

Tilman O'Donnell is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. After training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada, he danced with Gothenburg Ballet, Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Cullberg Ballet and was a member of the Forsythe Company from 2007 to 2012, where he was a guest artist until 2015. O'Donnell made his debut as a choreographer in 2002 with 'Del A', with which he won first prize in two major international choreography competitions. In 2005 he was nominated as both 'Dancer To Watch' and 'Choreographer To Watch' by Dance magazine, and in 2015 as a 'Hopeful' by the same publication. In 2017 he was again named 'Dancer to Watch' for his performance of 'Whatever Singularity #453: Solo for Tilman / Dancing with Alain'. He has created for Cullberg, SPIRA Jönköping/ Cullberg To Come, Staatstheater Graz, Göteborgs Operans Danskompani, Corpus Copenhagen/ The Royal Danish Opera House, Weld Theater Stockholm, Skånes Dansteater and Dansens Hus Stockholm. O'Donnell's work has been presented by Radial System (Berlin), BoraBora (Aarhus), Festspielhaus Hellerau (Dresden), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Festspielhaus St. Pölten (Austria), Dansens Hus (Stockholm), Weld (Stockholm) and Dock 11 (Berlin), among others. In recent years he has worked as a dancer in projects by Fabrice Mazliah, Deborah Hay and Laurent Chetouane. Most recently, he collaborated with William Forsythe on the exhibition format 'Acquisition Körperschaft', which opened at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, and with Anne Imhof on her work 'Natures Mortes' at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. From 2015 - 2018, O'Donnell was a member of the multidisciplinary artist group HOOD as part of a fellowship program at PACT Zollverein in Essen and a SITE fellow in 2019 and 2020. O'Donnell teaches extensively in the international dance context, most recently as a visiting professor at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Most recently, O'Donnell was appointed deputy artistic director of Ballett Theater Basel by Adolphe Binder, who will be artistic director of Ballett Theater Basel beginning with the 2023-2024 season. O'Donnell will take up his post in August 2023.