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Hessisches Staatsballett


The Hessisches Staatsballett, founded in 2014, is the dance company of the Staatstheater Darmstadt as well as the Hessisches Staatsballett Wiesbaden. The 28-strong ensemble, directed by ballet director and head choreographer Time Plegge, procudes about four different performance evenings per year, which are shown above all in their home theaters but also regularly tour national and international guest theaters. Tim Plegge choreographed three full-length narrative-ballets for the ensemble - Aschenputtel, Kaspar Hauser, Sommernachtstraum as well as Eine Winterreise. In addition to this, works from guest choreographers such as Edward Clug, Alexander Ekman, Itzik Galili, Marco Goecke, Crystal Pite, Damien Jalet, Marcos Morau, Wayne McGregor, Hofesh Shechter and Richard Siegal are also shown. Besides the ensemble’s repertoire, curator Bruno Heynderickx regularly invites national and international companies for guest performances and residencies, and in this way ensures a link between state theater structures and the free dance scene. Through this unique concept, the Hessisches Staatsballett has since its founding become an importance part of the dance world, one that stands for not only technical and artistic versatility of the ensemble, as well as for the exciting and varied curatorial composition of the program.


History and biography

History of the Ensemble

 After a leap into the unknown, the Hessisches Staatsballett, founded in 2014/15, soon carried the reaction of its impressed audience into future seasons. Influenced by the most varied choreographers and with the bravery and curiosity, to tread new and unknown paths, the ensemble of 28 dancers offers a world-wide spectrum of dance.  


Tim Plegge was born in Berlin and – after an exchange at the École de Cirque de Bordeaux – trained as a dancer in the Netherlands and at the ballet school Hamburg Ballett John Neumeier. After dance roles, he studied choreography at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch” in Berlin. Then followed assistance to Helena Waldmann and Christian Spuck. From 2006 onwards, works were created for Ballett Kiel, the Badisches Staatsballett Karlsruhe and Staatsballett Berlin – in particular, Ballett Momo, which was premiered in 2012 in Karlsruhe, gained special recognition, as well as the piece, They, created in collaboration with the painter Norbert Bisky and performed in the Berlin club Berghain. The latter is an example of Plegge’s interest in creating a creative dialogue between the medium of dance and various art forms. This is also true of his debut as opera director for Igor Strawinskys Die Nachtigall and of his dance piece Orpheus, created in collaboration with media artist Elke Reinhuber – both at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Plegge was appeared in the 2013 yearbook of the magazine tanz, listed among the hopefuls of dance artists “who will hopefully move the future”.

Between 2014 and 2015, Tim Plegge became ballet director and head choreographer of the Hessisches Staatsballett. Since then he has produced shorter pieces, Vom Anfang and Tabula rasa, as well as narrative ballets, Aschenputtel  Kaspar Hauser, Sommernachtstraum and recently, Eine Winterreise. In addition to this, the opening up of the Hessisches Staatsballett with, for example, the format Antanzen, or his project Odyssee_21, form an important part of his work.



  • previous seasons

    previous seasons

    Productions from the 2017/2018 season

Eine Winterreise (2017)
choreography Tim Plegge
    music: Hans Zender „Schuberts ‚Winterreise‘ – an interpretation composed for tenor and a small orchestra
28 dancers and 1 singer
    duration: 130 min

Kreationen (2018)
choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo, Jeroen Verbruggen
    music: n.a., Stefan Levin
28 dancers
    duration: ca. two times 80 min

    Code (2018)
composition: Sivian Cohen Elias
    direction: Carsten Jenß
number of dancers n.n.
    duration: 30 min

    Ballettneukreationen (2018)
choreography: Ramon John
14 dancers
    duration: 30 min

Fake (2018)
choreography: Tim Plegge
14 dancers
    duration: n.a.


    Productions from the 2014/2015 season

    n. a. (Ballett für junges Publikum) (2015)
choreography: Marguerite Donlon
number of dancers: n. a.
    duration: n. a. 

    SPANNWEITEN (2015)
choreography: Cayetano Soto
    music: David Lang and Bryce Dessner
12 dancers
    duration: 20 min

choreography: Crystal Pite
    music: soundtrack of Solaris from Cliff Martinez
5 dancers
    duration: 15 min
n. a. (2015)
choreography: Václav Kuneš
4 dancers
    duration: ca. 30 Min.

    ASCHENPUTTEL (2015) 
choreography: Tim Plegge
    music: Sergej Prokofjew, Jörg Gollasch
28 dancers
    duration: approx. 120 min

    AUFWIND (2014)
Choreography: Tim Plegge
    music: R. Schumann, F. Schubert, György Kurtág and Lera Auerbach
12 dancers
    duration: 32 min

    LIEDGUT (2014)
choreography: Richard Siegal
    music: AtomTM
10 dancers
    duration: 29 min

choreography: Alexander Ekman
    music: Mikael Karlsson
22 dancers
    duration: 26 min



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