Maggie Donlon

Marguerite Donlon

Irish born Marguerite Donlon, choreographer and artistic director is regarded as innovative and highly unique in the theater world today. Her artistic ideas seem limitless and her creative language is rich.

Renowned for her wit and profundity in equal measure, she excites the dance world by bringing a freshness to the stage yet never shying away from the reality. Her innovative style, her Irish humor and her use of different art forms has placed Marguerite Donlon in an exclusive position in the world of dance today.

German dance critic and chief editor of “Tanz” magazine Arnd Wesemann points out: “The cheeky Irish choreographer is tearing down the barriers between dance and bringing the ‘man from the street’ back into the theatre. Her work is far from all artistic ideology and simply incapable of boring her audience. Bridging the gap between classic and comic, avant-garde and Grand Guignol is so much fun that the fans of this former Deutsche Oper Berlin dancer accuses her of making her pieces too short….”

Marguerite Donlon followed her very own path from the beginning. Born in the Republic of Ireland she began with traditional Irish dance and at the late age of 16 began to study ballet first with Anica Dason and later in England with Dorothy Stevens. She was soon spotted by Peter Schaufuss and Kevin Hagan in London and was offered a position with the English National Ballet where she worked with legends such as Natalia Makarova, Rudolf Nurejew and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. In 1990 she was invited as a soloist to the Deutsche Oper Berlin and very soon after that began her choreographic career . Her dance repertory included a wide range of roles by leading choreographers, amongst them William Forsythe, John Cranko, George Balanchine, Maurice Béjart, and Jiří Kylián.

From 2001 to 2013, Marguerite Donlon was the Artistic Director of the ballet of the Saarländisches Staatstheater. With her company, also known as the “Donlon Dance Company”, she formed a highly unique artistic ensemble that produced more than 30 creations from Donlon and several more from International renowned guest choreographers. In this time DDC has been guesting extensively all over Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, USA, Ireland, South Korea, China, and Italy. Marguerite Donlon is also Initiator and Artistic Director of the international dance festival “n.o.w. dance saar,” which was founded in 2006 and also the highly acclaimed youth dance company “iMove”. In May 2012 she was confirmed member president of the National Board of German Ballet and Dance Theatre Directors, BBTK and is now an honorary member.

Marguerite Donlon currently living in Berlin, has created for numerous renowned ballet companies worldwide, amongst them the Nederlands Dans Theater II, Stuttgart Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Ballet of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Companhia Nacional de Bailado Portugal, Hubbard Street Dance Company Chicago and Rambert Dance London, Gärtner Platz Münich, Kiel Ballet and The Hessisches Staats Ballet. Currently she is working with the Bolshois first Ballerina Svetlana Zacharova along with the dancers of the Bolshoi.

Donlon’s love of theater and opera and brought to lead her to direct 2 plays for the “Beckett-Year” in 2006, “Words and Music” and “Act without words 1” by Samuel Beckett, commissioned by the Théâtre National du Luxembourg, which were also performed and highly acclaimed at the “Ruhrfestspiele” in Recklinghausen.

In July 2010, she directed and choreographed on Maurice Ravel’s “L’enfant et les Sortilèges” for the Korean National Opera and Korean National Ballet.

Labyrinth of love”, the signature piece for the Rambert Dance Company which was premiered in London in 2012-13 and was a seem-less combination of dance, opera and video art work by renowned British artist Matt Collishaw.

More recently Donlon was commissioned by the International “Musikfestspiele Saar ” to create Beethoven’s “Christ on Mount Olive” together with the “Donlon Dance Company” and the Münchener Bach Chor and Bach Orchestra.

Over the years, Marguerite Donlon has staged a number of refreshing and critically acclaimed versions of ballet classics such as Swan lake, Romeo and Juliet and “Mid summer nights dream”. Her nominations for the prestigious “Prix Benois de la Danse” 2007 and for the German Theater Award “Der Faust” 2007 testify to that. She was awarded the Order of Merit of the Saarland State in 2007 and was appointed member of the prestigious Global Irish Network in summer 2012.

Since 2014 Donlon is an accredited Life Coach specializing in areas such as creative thinking and artistic empowerment.

 

Marguerite Donlon zählt zu den innovativsten Choreografinnen unserer Zeit. Sie wurde 1966 im irischen Longford geboren. Im fortgeschrittenen Alter von 16 Jahren nahm sie eine Ballettausbildung auf und erhielt 1988 ihr erstes Engagement als Tänzerin beim English National Ballet unter Peter Schaufuss. Mit ihm wechselte sie zwei Jahre später als Solistin zum Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, wo sie mit Tanzgrößen wie Natalia Makarova, Rudolf Nurejew und Sir Kenneth MacMillan zusammenarbeitete und in Stücken von Maurice Béjart, William Forsythe, Bill T. Jones, Meg Stuart und Jiří Kylián auftrat.

Von 2001 bis 2013 war Marguerite Donlon Ballettdirektorin am Saarländischen Staatstheater Saarbrücken. Mit ihrer »Donlon Dance Company« hat sie ein vielseitiges Repertoire erarbeitet, welches sowohl kreative Neuinterpretationen bekannter Ballettklassiker wie eigene Werke umfasst. Marguerite Donlons Arbeiten kreisen um Themen wie Interaktion und Kommunikation, sie lässt sich von bekannten Künstlerpersönlichkeiten inspirieren, setzt sich aber auch mit sozialkritischen Themen wie Umweltverschmutzung oder der Unterdrückung Andersdenkender auseinander. Dafür wurde sie im Oktober 2007 mit dem Saarländischen Verdienstorden ausgezeichnet.

Darüber hinaus hat Marguerite Donlon für zahlreiche Ballettcompagnien rund um den Erdball Choreografien geschaffen, etwa für das Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper, das Nederlands Dans Theater II, das Stuttgarter Ballett, das Ballett der Komischen Oper Berlin oder die Hubbard Street Dance Company Chicago. Für ihre Choreografie Giselle: Reloaded wurde Donlon im Frühjahr 2007 für den »Prix Benois de lan Danse« nominiert. Im September desselben Jahres erhielt sie für Romeo und Julia eine Nominierung für den Deutschen Theaterpreis »Der Faust«. Aktuell kreiert Marguerite Donlon Werke für das Hessische Staatsballett Wiesbaden-Darmstadt, für das Theater an der Rott Eggenfelden und Visceral Dance Chicago.

Wegen ihrer »rotzfrechen« Choreografien, die die Barrieren zwischen den verschiedenen Tanz- und Kunstformen aufbrechen und das Verhältnis von Ballett und Tanz neu definieren, bezeichnet der renommierte Tanzkritiker Arnd Wesemann Marguerite Donlon als eine der Hoffnungsträgerinnen für die Zukunft des Tanzes. Mit ihren humorvollen, eigenwilligen Werken hat sie sich einen festen Platz in der deutschen und internationalen Tanzszene erobert.

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