“Dance is for me a form of non-verbal communication which is universal and transgresses boundaries. I desire to probe its boundaries, all its factettes and possibilities.”

James Sutherland

Tanz.1: Same Time Tomorrow / © Stephan WalzlTanz.1: Same Time Tomorrow / © Stephan WalzlTanz.1: Same Time Tomorrow / © Stephan Walzl



At the beginning of the 2016/17 season, the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern experienced a change in the dance department – after a season with two choreographers in residence, a new director and leading choreographer was brought to the dance department with the appointment of James Sutherland, who led an ensemble with six dancers from seven countries. The young company is above all dedicated to contemporary dance. Besides own productions on the Werkstattbühne and in Großes Haus, the dance ensemble is also regularly involved in various house musical-theater productions. In addition, the company has been invited to renowned dance galas and is presented among others at Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart and at the Nürnberg Staatstheater.

Expected touring program 2017/2018

Same Time Tomorrow
Choreography: James Sutherland
10 dancers, 95 min

Productions from the 2016/2017 season

Tanz.1: Same Time Tomorrow (2016)       
Choreography: James Sutherland, music: Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Bang on a Can, J. Peter Schwalm   
10 dancers, 95 min

Zyklus (2017)   
Choreography: James Sutherland, musical direction: Uwe Sandner | Das Orchester des Pfalztheaters | Werke von Britten, Glass, Barber und Pärt

Productions from the 2015/2016 season

Romeo und Julia    (2016)
Choreography: James Sutherland, music: Sergej Prokofjew   
15 dancers, 165 min

Unterwegs (2016)       
Choreography: Katrín Hall, music: Stephan Stephensen, Ben Frost, Ólafur Arnalds   
10 dancers, 60 min

Productions from the 2014/2015 season

Farben (2015)
Ballet for children 
Choreography: Salvatore Nicolosi
3 dancers

Chopin (2015)
Choreography: Stefano Giannetti, music: F. Chopin
13 dancers

Boléro (2014)
Choreography: Stefano Giannetti, music: M. Ravel
13 dancers, 90 min

Productions from the 2013/2014 season

Die vier Jahreszeiten (2014)
Choreography: Stefano Giannetti, music: A. Vivaldi, A. Piazzolla
13 dancers, 75 min

Der Pagodenprinz (2013)
Choreography: Stefano Giannetti, music: Benjamin Britten, Libretto: John Cranko
13 dancers, 90 min




James Sutherland was born in Scotland. He received his education at the Rambert School of Ballet in London. Until 1990, he was a dancer at the Baseler Ballett (Switzerland) under Heinz Spoerli. Sutherland has been working as an independent choreographer since the mid 1980s, among others for the Stuttgart Ballett, the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Staatstheater Kassel and Staatstheater Schwerin, as well as for the Ballet of the National Opera Ankara (Turkey). From 2002 to 2015, he was the ballet director in Pforzheim. In the 2015/16 season, James Sutherland was choreographer in Residence at Pfalz Theater in Kaiserslautern, before he took on his position here as the new director and leading choreographer in the dance department in 2016/7.