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Tanzcompagnie des Mainfranken Theaters Würzburg


Since the beginning of the season 2018/19, Dominique Dumais as ballet director and Kevin O’Day as artist in residence have been in charge of the dance department at the Mainfranken Theater in Würzburg. Together with twelve dancers from all over the world, they establish their own dance language and artistic home in Würzburg.

It is important for the duo to find a dance language that is at the cutting edge and takes impulses from the social discourse. Therefore they have put together a company that has a common dance expression, but at the same time leaves every dancer space for their individuality.

Because the question of how to create space for individuality and the other in a society is also artistically relevant - especially in an ensemble that unites dancers from ten different nations in everyday work and on stage.

Except of the twelve permanant dancers the dance company currently has an assistant and a position for dramaturgy and management. Dancers from all over the world with classical and modern training are part of the company. The dance company presents two to three productions a year in the big house and one or two pieces for the smaller venue. The dancers also have the opportunity to do choreography themselves. The dance company  participates in one musical theater production (opera, operetta, musical) per season.

History and biography

History of the Ensemble

Mainfranken Theater has existed for 215 years. The theatre’s ballet tradition goes way back; Andris Plucis, Mario Schröder, Fernanda Guimaraes, among others, created their first ballets here.

The theater with its ballet was saved in 2000 through foundation of a Friends’ Association. Anna Vita has been doing continual developmental work  from 2004 to 2018. Since then, the seven permanent dancers and three élève positions have turned into 12 permanent positions today.

Since the season 2018/19 Dominique Dumais has been the ballet director of the dance division, artist in residence Kevin O'Day supports her.


Dominique Dumais | Ballet director

French Canadian Dominique Dumais started her career as a soloist at the National Ballet of Canada. In 2002 she became house - choreographer and deputy director of the dance company of the National Theater Mannheim under Kevin O'Day. From 2013 to 2016 she was in the position of Deputy Ballet Director. As choreographer, Dumais has produced more than 45 world premieres, among others for the Komische Oper Berlin and the National Ballet of Canada.


Kevin O'Day | Artist in Residence

The American Kevin O'Day started his career as a dancer at the Joffrey Ballet, Twyla Tharp and the New York City Ballet. In 2002 he was appointed as Artistic Director of the Kevin O'Day Ballet, Nationaltheater Mannheim. From 2013 to 2016 he held the position of ballet director. As choreographer, he has produced more than 70 world premieres, including productions in Mannheim, at the New York City Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago.

„It is a privilege for every choreographer to have their own ensemble with which you can develop, create and explore something. We inspire and challenge each other. We bring in our different experiences, ask ourselves what is important, what is necessary, what is stimulating. I learned that we are actually craftsmen and that our work consists of one process. My job is to hold this process and all artists very carefully in my hands and to protect them. ”

Dominique Dumais


  • 2021/2022


    Productions from the 2021/2022 season

    LOTTES BALLHAUS (world premiere)

    Take this Waltz
    Choreography: Dominique Dumais
    Music: Johann Strauss (son), W.A. Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Jean Sibelius, Dmitri Shostakovich, Aram Khachaturian, Nino Rota a.o. | Philharmonic Orchestra Würzburg
    12 dancers

    It takes two to...
    Choreography: Kevin O'Day
    Music: Astor Piazzolla | Philharmonic Orchestra Würzburg
    11 dancers
    Stage dimensions 14 x 12 m
    120 minutes (incl. one intermission)
    Premiere 06.11.21 | Theaterfabrik Blaue Halle

  • 2020/2021


    Productions from the 2020/2021 season

    SO NAH UND DOCH SO FERN (world premiere)
    Choreography: Dominique Dumais
    Music: William Byrd, J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt, Terry Riley a.o.
    11 dancers
    Stage dimensions 14 x 7 m + 20 x 5 m (forestage)
    65 minutes
    Premiere 22.05.21 | Theaterfabrik Blaue Halle

    TANZXPERIMENT No. 4 – ONLINE (video project)
    Dance videos by members of the ensemble
    11 dancers
    Online Premiere 23.04.21

  • 2019/2020


    Productions from the 2019/2020 season

    Es war einmal… (2019)
    Choreography: Kevin O`Day
    Composition: John King
    Stage and costume: Thomas Mika
    12 dancers , stage 12 x 14 m

    Naked (2016)
    Choreography: Dominique Dumais
    Music: Julia Kent
    Stage and costume: Tatyana Van Walsum
    12 dancers, stage 12 x 14 m

    #mythos (2020)
    Choreography: Dominique Dumais, Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg
    Musical diraction: Gábor Hontvári
    12 dancers, stage 12 x 14 m

  • previous seasons

    previous seasons

    Productions from the 2018/2019 season

    Chansons (Uraufführung 2008)
    Choreography: Dominique Dumais
    120 min
    12 dancers, stage 12 x 14 m

    Ludwigs Leidenschaften (2018)
    Choreography: Dominique Dumais / Kevin O'Day
    Music: Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg
    Musical direction: Marie Jacquot
    120 min
    12 dancers, stage 12 x 14 m

    Muttersprache (2019)
    Choreography: Dominique Dumais, dancers of the company
    120 min
    12 dancers, stage 12 x 14 m


    Productions from the 2017/2018 season

    Choreography Anna Vita, music Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg
    12 dancers, 2 singers (Blaubart), stage 12 x 14 m, duration 120 min

    Laboratorium Tanz
    Choreography Cara Hopkins, Alessandro Giovine, Leonam Santos
    12 dancers, stage 6 x 8 m, duration 100 min

    Choregraphy Anna Vita, music Philharmonisches Orchester Würzbur
    12 dancers, stage 12 x 14 m, duration 120 min

    Guest Performances

    Theater Kempten

    Die Päptsin
    Choreography Anna Vita
    12 dancers, 6 extras, stage 12 x 14 m, duration 100 min

    Gala im Theater Koblenz
    „Don’t Kiss“

    Choreography Fabio Liberti
    2 dancers, stage 12 x 14 m, duration 15 min


    Productions from the 2016/17 season

    Scheherazade (2016)
    Choreography: Anna Vita, music: Rimski-Korsakow/Fazil Say
    12 dancers, orchestra, stage 12 x 14 m, 120 min


    Die Päpstin (2016)
    Choreography: Anna Vita, music: J.S. Bach, Apocalyptica, Arvo Pärt, Henrik Gorecki, Peteris Vasks, Karl Jenkins etc.
    12 dancers, without orchestra, stage 12 x 16 m, 120 min


    Der Tod und das Mädchen (2017)
    Choreography: Anna Vita, music: Gustav Mahler (after Franz Schubert)
    4 dancers, string orchestra or quartet, stage 8 x 8 m, 40 min


    Who cares (2015)
    Choreography: Armen Hakobyan, music: Pust
    2 dancers, stage 8 x 8 m, 5 min


    Requiem (2017)
    Choreography: Anna Vita, music: W. A. Mozart
    12 dancers, orchestra and choir, stage 12 x 14 m, 50 min

    Productions from the 2014/2015 season

    Der Fall Carmen (2015)
    Choreography: Anna Vita
    12 dancers, stage 7,75 x 6 m, length n. a.


    Schneewittchen (2015)
    Choreography: Anna Vita
    16 dancers, stage 12 x 18 m, expected 150 min


    Dornröschen (2014)
    Choreography: Anna Vita, music: P. I. Tschaikowsky
    15 dancers, orchestra, stage 12 x 18 m, 130 min

    Productions from the 2013/2014 season

    "Frosty Summers" bei der Ballettgala (2014)
    Choreography: Louis Stiens
    3 dancers, stage 12 x 18 m, 6 min


    Dornröschen (2014)
    Choreography: Anna Vita, music: P. I. Tschaikowsky
    15 dancers, orchestra, stage 12 x 18 m, 130 min


    Cyrano de Bergerac (2013)
    Choreography: Anna Vita, music: W. A. Mozart
    21 dancers, orchestra, stage 12 x 18 m, 125 min


    Der Besuch der alten Dame (2013)
    Choreography: Anna Vita, music: Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Dmitri Schostakowitsch, Monty Python
    12 dancers, orchestra, stage 7,75 x 6 m, 75 min


    Lascia che accada / Josephs-Legende (2013)

    Lascia che accada
    Choreography: Roberto Scafati, music: Loscil (Scott Morgan), Philip Glass, Félix Lajkó, Ólafur Arnalds
    9 dancers, orchestra, stage 12 x 18 m, 130 min
    Choreography: Anna Vita, music: Richard Strauss
    12 dancers, orchestra, stage 12 x 18, 130 min


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