Ben J. Riepe

“I am originally trained in dance, but I place myself between visual and performing arts. That’s why I am deeply interested in the intersection of the body between its roles as an instrument, as an object, as a living art object and the human itself. Ephemeral and consistent, content and expression, political, social, emotional and aesthetic. I am interested in the possibilities, opportunities, problems and requirements. I work on the art of seduction and the seduction of art.”

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Personal Information

•Born 1979
•Studied dance and choreography at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen
•Stage dancer at Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, V.A. Wölf/NEUR TANZ and others
•Freelance choreographer since 2006
•Guest choreographer/ – lecturer, fields of work: coaching, performance skills, improvisation
•Since 2009 top-level promotion from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
•Since 2015 top-level promotion from the state capital Düsseldorf
•Since 2018 promotion of excellence from the state capital Düsseldorf
•Since 2010: own production facility in Düsseldorf
•2013-2016 Affiliated Artist at PACT Zollverein Essen

Ben J. Riepe was born in 1979 and studied dance and choreography at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. After graduation, he worked as a stage dancer ao. at the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch as well as at V. A. Wölfl/NEUER TANZ. Riepe, who has already won several awards, has been freelancing since 2006 and has been running his own production facility in Düsseldorf since 2010. He realized commissional works for the Goethe-Institute Malaysia in cooperation with DPAC DANCE COMPANY, the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Korea, the Folkwang Tanzstudio Essen and the theater festival FAVORITEN. His working processes, research topics and understanding of choreography as well as his idea of dealing with space and time are made accessible at several workshops.

Since 2018 he has received the promotion of excellence from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, since 2009 the top-level promotion from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and since 2015 the top-level promotion from the state capital Düsseldorf. In October 2016 he was awarded the jury prize of the Theaterfestival FAVORITEN Dortmund for his work Livebox: Persona. In 2018 Ben J. Riepe is nominated for the George Tabori Prize of the Fonds Darstellende Künste.

Ben J. Riepe was affiliated artist at PACT Zollverein in Essen from 2013-2016 and received a scholarship for the residence program Vila Sul of the Goethe-Institute Salvador de Bahia in Brazil in spring 2017.

 

Artist exchange programs/scholarships/EU-projects

  • 2017 Goethe-Institute, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
  • 2014 IDENTITY.MOVE!, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2014 bangaloREsidency, Goethe-Institute/Max Müller Bhavan, Bangalore, India
  • 2010 MODUL-DANCE, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2008 Chin-A-Moves, Beijing, China
  • 2006 COLINA – Collaboration in Arts, Aarhus, Denmark

Residency

  • 2016 Art Stations Foundation, Stary Browar, Poznan, Poland
  • 2015 Theaterhaus, Berlin
  • 2014 PACT Zollverein, Essen
  • 2013 Goethe-Institute Montreal in collaboration with Circuit-Est | PACT Zollverein, Essen
  • 2012 Navtej Johar/Studio Abhyas, New Delhi, India
  • 2011 Mounsonturm, Frankfurt/Main | O Espaço Do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo Portugal
  • 2010 Mounsonturm, Frankfurt/Main | Danshuis Station Zuid Tilburg | tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
  • 2009 tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf | Mounsonturm, Frankfurt/Main
  • 2008 Schwankhalle Bremen, Tanzplan Dresden | Danshuis Station Zuid Tilburg
  • 2007 ImpulsTanz, Vienna
  • 2006 PACT Zollverein, Essen
  • 2005 PACT Zollverein, Essen

Commissional works

  • 2016 HAHAHA, Goethe-Institute Malaysia in cooperation with DPAC DANCE COMPANY
  • 2015 Opening – Display of an Attitude, Korea National Contemporary Dance Company in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Korea
  • 2014 WHITE VOID #14, Theaterfestival FAVORITEN Dortmund | The dernier cri, Kunststiftung NRW
  • 2009 shy-wild, Folkwang Tanzstudio Essen
  • 2007 LAH, Goethe-Institute Malaysia in cooperation with Kwan Tung Dance Company

Exhibitions

  • 2017 ENVIRONMENT. An inventory of the work of Ben J. Riepe, Städtische Galerie im Park, Viersen
  • 2016 UUUUU(topia). Choreographed Atmospheres, within the framework of the exhibition Planet B “100 Ideen für eine neue Welt”, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
  • 2015 Beings. Display of an Attitude, Städtische Galerie im Park, Viersen
  • 2014 WHITE VOID # 14, MAO Dortmund
  • 2013 THE WHITE VOID_SERIES | SCHWARZ WEISS DENKEN, Galerie Kunstraum, Düsseldorf

Art in public space

  • 2016 LIVE BOX, Goethe-Institute Pop Up Pavillon | Plac Nowy Targ, Wroclaw, Poland
  • 2008 LOVE, DEATH AND DEVIL –
    Action: practice to see beauty – Image 3: Love, Sex and Vanity, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
  • 2007 Performance for three dancers and two cars, parking level at tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf | CSW Zamek Ujasdowski, Warsaw, Poland

Prizes

© North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

List of works

GHOSTS – a fragment (2018)
Premiere: 23.11.2018, Kunstraum Düsseldorf

ENVIRONMENT (2018)
Premiere: 27.4.2018, Opera house Düsseldorf

CARNE VALE! (2017)
Premiere: 10.11.2017, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Guest performances: 2018 Rautenstrauch-Jost-Museum, Köln | Balletthaus der Deutschen Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf | Theaterfestival Favoriten, Dortmund

Corpo Carga Calma Alma (2017)
Premiere: 17.3.2017, Teatro Vila Velha, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
In the course of the residence program Vila Sul of the Goethe-Institute Salvador de Bahia and within the framework of the international festival VIVADANÇA

ARENA ARCTICA (2016)
Three days in an open transformation space
8.12. – 10.12.2016, PACT Zollverein Essen

UUUUU(topia) (2016)
Choreographed Atmospheres
17.10. – 6.11.2016, Art Stations Foundation, Stary Browar, Poznan, Poland

Livebox: Persona (2016)
23.9.2016, Outside tent on the parking lot of the Dortmunder U
In the course of the theater festival FAVORITEN 2016, Dortmund

HAHAHA (2016)
Premiere: 28.7.2016, DPAC Arts Festival Malaysia
Commissioned work for the Goethe-Institute Malaysia & DPAC
Guest performance: 2016 Sibu International Dance Festival, Malaysia

UUUUU(topia) (2016)
Choreographed Atmospheres
2.6. – 21.8.2016, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
In the course of the exhibition Planet B “100 ideas for a new world”

Untitled: Persona (2015)
Premiere: 20.11.2015, PACT Zollverein Essen
Guest performances:
2016 Ballhaus Ost, Berlin
2017 Festhalle, Viersen

Multiplex Dance Sarajevo – two countries, two artists (2015)
11. – 18.10.2015 Workshop in cooperation with the Academy of Scenic Arts Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
19.10.2015 Workshop performance, subsequent artist talk
Academy of Scenic Arts Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

OPENING – Display Of An Attitude (2015)
Premiere: 19.6.2015, Korean National Contemporary Dance Company, Seoul, Korea

The dernier cri – 4th Edition (2015)
Premiere: 23.4.2015, tanz nrw 15, Generatorenhalle Viersen

Beings. Display Of An Attitude (2015)
19.4. – 26.4.2015, tanz nrw 15, Städtische Galerie im Park, Viersen

The dernier cri – 3rd Edition (2015)
Premiere: 18.4.2015, tanz nrw 15, PACT Zollverein Essen

LIVE BOX (2015)
Premiere: 13.3.2015, PACT Zollverein Essen, Atelier Spezial
Guest performance: 2016 Goethe-Institute Pop Up Pavillon, Plac Nowy Targ, Wroclaw, Poland
As part of the European capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016

WHITE VOID #14 (2014)
25.10 – 1.11.2014, Ehemaliges Museum am Ostwall
In the course of the theater festival FAVORITEN 2014, Dortmund
Guest performance: 2015 tanz nrw 15, Alte Feuerwache Cologne

The dernier cri – 2nd Edition, Artists are alive (2014)
Premiere: 28.8.2014, International Dance fair, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

The dernier cri – 1st Edition (2014)
Premiere: 27.6.2014, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Central

Happy Together (2013)
Premiere: 19.10.2013, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
Guest performances:
2013 Fabrik Heeder, Krefeld, MOVE! Festival | Moduldance Festivals | Circuit-Est Centre Choreographic, Montreal, Canada
2014 11. Deutsche Woche, Theater Skorohod, St. Petersburg

THE WHITE VOID_SERIES (2013)
TWV_S # 1 Premiere: 4.5.2013, PACT Zollverein Essen
TWV_S # 2 Premiere: 16.5.2013, PACT Zollverein Essen
Guest performance: 2013, Galerie Kunstraum, Düsseldorf
TWV_S # 3 Premiere: 7.6.2013, Tanzkongress 2013, HPZ Stiftung, Düsseldorf

schwarz weiss denken (engl. black white thinking, 2013)
schwarz_weiss_denken # 1: 25.1.2013, PACT Zollverein Essen, Galerie Kunstraum, Düsseldorf
schwarz_weiss_denken # 2+3: 22.3.2013, PACT Zollverein Essen

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (2012)
Premiere: 2.11.2012, IGNITE! Festival, New Delhi, India
Guest performances:
2012 National Center for Performing Arts, Mumbai, India | Sir Mutha Venkatassubba Rao Concert Hall, Chennai, India
2013 Theaterhaus, Stuttgart | tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf | Halle Kalk, Cologne
2014 MMB Hall, Bangalore, India | FTII, Pune, India | Shilpakala Academy, Dahka, Bangladesh

Open Studio Series (2012)
Showing “Opening” | “Better than Disneyland”, DADT, Ben J. Riepe Studio, Düsseldorf

Untitled: Natura (2011)
Premiere: 9.9.2011, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt/Main
Guest performance: 2011 tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf

HUNDSTAGE (engl. Dog-Days, 2010)
Premiere: 24.9.2010, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
Guest performances:
2010 Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia | Station Zuid, Tilburg, Netherlands | Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt/Main
2011 Stary Browar, Poznan, Poland | Impart Art Centre, Wroclaw, Poland | Alte Feuerwache Cologne, Sommerblut Festival | tanz nrw 11, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf

shy wild (2009)
Premiere: 17.7.2009, Neue Aula,
Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen

LOVE | DEATH | DEVIL – THE PIECE (2009)
Premiere: 23.10.2009, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt/Main
Guest performances:
2009 Southeast Asia-Tour: Bangalore, New Delhi | Hyderabad, Chennai, Dakha
2010 Brigittines Festival International, Brussels | Würzburger Hafensommer | Tanzplattform Deutschland, Nuremberg | tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
2012 Théâtre La Chapelle, Montreal, Canada

Love, Death and Devil – Action: practice to see the beauty – Image 5: The Labyrinth (2009)
Premiere: 12.3.2009, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
Guest performance: 2009 Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf

Love, Death and Devil – Action: practice to see the beauty – Image 4: The White Room (2008)
Premiere: 14.11.2008, Schwankhalle Bremen
Guest performance: 2009 tanz nrw 09, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf

Love, Death and Devil – Action: practice to see the beauty – Image 3: Love, Sex and Vanity (2008)
Premiere: 29.8.2008, Dance fair Düsseldorf
Guest performance: 2009 Theater im Ballsaal, Bonn

Love, Death and Devil – Action: practice to see the beauty – Image 2: The Black Room (2008)
Premiere: 13.8.2008, Theater an de Parade’s Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Guest performances:
2008 Fringe Festival Shanghai | Crossing Festival Beijing within the framework of Chin-A-moves.
2009 tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf

Love, Death and Devil – Action: practice to see the beauty – Image 1: The Chessboard Room (2008)
Premiere: 17.4.2008, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf

amour espace the movie (2007)
with Tomasz Jarosz, presented by tanzhaus nrw within the framework of TEMPS D’IMAGES Festivals, Düsseldorf and Warsaw
Screenings: Berlin POOL Festival, Bassano del Grapa, Beijing, Essen, Kuala Lumpur etc.

amour espace (2007)
Premiere: 6.9.2007, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
Guest performances:
2008 Dance fair Düsseldorf | Opera Estate Festival Bassano del Grappa, Italy | Festival del Mayo, Guadalajara, Mexico | Riga, Latvia
2009 Festival International de Danse de Lausanne, Swiss | International Festival of Modern Dance, Vilnius, Lithuania | Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt/Main | Aarhus, Denmark

Happy End | Dealing Night Again (2006)
Premiere: 9.10.2006, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
Guest performance:
2006 Saalbau Witten
2007 Opening 8:tension Series at the ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna | Festival 638 Kilo Tanz, Essen | Plattform “Tanz NRW 07” tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf | Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne, Swiss | Théâtre le Colombier, Bangnolet, Paris within the framework of “jamais vu!” | Saalbau Witten

weisse ratte (engl. white rat, 2005)
Premiere: 2.12.2005, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen
Guest performance: 2006 Ikonoklaste-Festival Wuppertal

Flügelschlag (engl. Wing Beat, 2005)
Premiere: “Dance in May” Festival Burghausen
Commissioned work for youths of the support program Nota Bene

Anderland (2004)
Premiere: 1.12.2004, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen
Guest performances:
2004 University of Witten/Herdecke
2005 “Dance in May” Festival Burghausen, Theater Wasserburg

Alpha, Beta (2002)
Premiere: “Junge Choreographen”, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen

Rede nur (engl. Talk just, 2001)
Premiere: “Junge Choreographen”, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen