Ann-Leonie Niss (*1990) is a hamburg-based freelance dancer and choreographer.

She received her dance training at the Erika Klütz Schule für Theatertanz und Tanzpädagogik (2010-2013) and at the Folkwang University of the Arts (2013-2015). In 2014 she received a scholarship from the College of Music and Art Montepulciano in Italy and began to develop her own artistic works. This resulted in the sculptural choreography TORSE in collaboration with sculptor Sabrina Straub and was shown at PACT Zollverein in 2015 as part of Contemporary Art Ruhr (C.A.R.).

Since the founding of THE CURRENT DANCE COLLECTIVES (2015), under the artistic direction of Suse Tietjen, she has been a dancer in the interdisciplinary artist collective and participated in the choreographies Trans//form (Emerging Artist and Residency Award 2018), Körper//ich (2018) and RAVE NEW WORLD (2020/21), among others. In 2021 they participated in the Take Care Residencies of the Hamburger Sprechwerk with their current research ent//winden and will continue it 2022 with ent//wandeln.

As part of the annual PLUS X project series of Theater an der Glocksee, she choreographed the piece Oxytocin – ich berühre, also bin ich in collaboration with director Milena Fischer and actress Irene Benedict. Choreographically, she also collaborated with Mayo Rodriguez in 2021 and was part of the STAMP Symposium with Embrac_olation in cooperation with the CPSA (Contemporary Performing Street Arts) network, the EU project LIBERTY and BUTIÖR. Beginning of 2022 they are invited to Paisaje Publicó Festival (2022) in Santiago de Chile and Festival 53° 70° in Punta Arenas (2022).

As co-founder of the feminist dance collective KOLLEKTIVA (2018), she has been seen with the choreographies Control is a state of chaos (Probebühne Eins – K3 Tanzplan Hamburg, Explosive Festival Bremen, Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg, Eigenarten Festival Hamburg) and Measurable Success (Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg, Accent Festival Berlin).

She has worked with choreographers such as Guy Marsan (Ich sehe was du nicht siehst – Hamburg), Sabine Glenz (Von Grenzen und Gärten oder THE SPACE BETWEEN – Hamburg), Jessica Nupen (Christophe Colombe – Lübeck) and José Vidal (EMERGENZKampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik and EmergerFestival Santiago a Mil, Chile).

She worked with choreographer Yolanda Morales for the production NERVEN as production assistant and for the interactive open dance rehearsals Moving Imaginative Bodies as project manager.

Ann-Leonie Niss

Ann-Leonie Niss is as a hamburg-based freelance dancer.

She received her dance education at the Erika Klütz School for theatre dance and dance pedagogy in Hamburg and the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. 

In 2014 she received a fellowship of the College for Music and Art Montepulciano in Italy and worked intensively together with the sculptor Sabrina Straub. She started to create her own projects and has since then shown TORSE (2015), ratatosk (2017) and Stuck In Square (2017) in England, Germany and Spain. Her artistic work focuses on our inner human processes and their effects on our movement qualities. What can movements transport? How can we make them accessible and perceptible to the audience? She takes up movements of contemporary dance, the martial art Kalarippayattu and forms of design as means of expression for her research.

Since the founding of THE CURRENT DANCE COLLECTIVE, under the artistic direction of Suse Tietjen, she has been a dancer of the interdisciplinary artists‘ collective and has participated in the productions Trans//Form (2016), Meere 2 (2016), Der Strom (2017), Körper//Ich (2018) and Der Flug (2018). Herewith she could be seen among others at the Schweinskopf Festival, the Hauptsache Frei Festival für Darstellende Künste and the Lucky Trimmer Festival. The choreography Flux//Logos was developed into a Virtual Reallity Experience in cooperation with 747 studios GmbH and won the Emerging Artist and Residency Award 2018 at the VRHAM Festival.

As a co-founder of the hamburg-based heterarchically structured women´s collective Kollektiva., she was featured in the 2018/2019 season with the production Chaos is a state of control at the Explosive Festival, the Reeperbahn Festival and the Eigenarten Festival. The focus of their new production deals with the theme of femininity and the facets it brings with it.

She participated in the production EMERGENZ (2019) by the Chilean choreographer José Vidal in co-production with Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik, which was invited to the festival Santiago a Mil in Chile (2020).

As a guest dancer at the Theater Lübeck she has worked in the opera Christophe Colomb (2019/2020) by Darius Milhaus under the choreographic direction of Jessica Nupen.

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