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Esther Balfe (AT/UK)

Born in the UK, Esther Balfe began her professional training at The Rambert School for Contemporary Dance and Ballet, in West London under the direction of Ross McKim. There she performed works from McKim, Sir Fredrick Ashton and Mark Bruce. Upon leaving Rambert she was offered a position in Saarbrucken under the direction of Philip Landsdale, thereafter she joined Liz Kings ensemble in Heidelberg and later in Vienna with the newly founded TanzTheaterWien, working with Catherine Guerin, Georg Reischl, Nigel Charnock, Benoît Lachambre – prior to this time she also worked with choreographer Jai Gonzales at Unterwegs Theatre and Philip Talard at the National Theatre Mannheim.

Esther choreographed at the Volksoper Vienna and for Tanzquartier Wien (TTW) on a number of productions. Thereafter, she was invited to Albuquerque as Artist in Residence at the University of New Mexico. Between 2005 & 2006 Esther worked with Michael Keegan Dolan in his former company Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre.

In 2005, Esther was a guest Artist for Ballett Frankfurt and later in 2006 for the newly formed TheForsytheCompany, joining the company as a full time member from 2006. Esther worked at TFC, immersed in the collaborative, creative process with William Forsythe, touring and performing his works, internationally up until 2015. She was instrumental in the creation of Forsythe’s works during this period, including, "Yes We Can’t, I Don’t believe in Outer Space", "Defenders" and "The Returns".

In 2012 Esther became a Professor of Dance in Vienna and is currently working and teaching at the Music and Arts University Vienna, MUK.
Her recent positions include guest teacher for Rambert School and Ballet Preljocaj - Workshop leader for ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival, Ganymed 2015-17 KHM Wien with director J. Kornmüller, artistic collaborator with Scott DeLahunta for MotionBank Frankfurt, artistic collaborator and performer for INTRA SPACE with Christina Jauernik & Wolfgang Tschapeller, artistic contributor and dancer for John Gerrard – both from 2014 to present date. Esther will be performing "Negotiations" for Alex Gottfarb in Summer 2018.

Last update: 21.04.2018


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