staff member TilmanO’Donnell

Tilman O’Donnell Panellist/Empowerment Through a Healthy Mindset During Dance Career

Tilman O’Donnell (U.S. / German) received his training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. He joined The Göteborg Ballet under the direction of Anders Hellström in 2001. In 2002 Tilman danced at Staatstheater Saarbrücken, and thereafter joined the Cullberg Ballet from 2003 until 2007. He was a member of The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt from 2007-2012, and a guest artist until June 2015. 

Tilman made his debut as a choreographer in 2002 receiving first prize in two major international choreographic competitions. In 2011 he created site-specific works for Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm and in 2012 he created the full length piece August did not have what is commonly considered good taste as far as furniture is concerned. He has made works for SPIRA Jönköping/Cullberg To Come, Staatstheater Graz and The Göteborgs Operans Danskompani, including This Is (2010) and Whatever Singularity #453: Solo For Maxime / Dancing With Alain (2014). 

Tilman was invited to be artist in residence by the Goethe Institut in Montreal, Canada, together with Cyril Baldy (2014). He was recently nominated as “Hoffnungsträger” by the prominent European dance journal Tanz. His most recent choreographic work, a commission for Corpus/The Royal Danish Ballet entitled In Life & Love & So On, premiered in October 2015.

Photo copyright Dominik Mentzos