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Birgit Scherzer, choreographer


(Compiled September, 1998)


Born July 14, 1954, at Stollberg/Erzgebirge, Germany, Birgit Scherzer made the decision she wanted to dance at age 9. She and her younger sister, Steffi, auditioned for a professional dance school. Steffi was accepted but Birgit was told she would have to wait four years before being reconsidered for admission. At the end of those four years she was informed that they were still unsure if she was suited to dance on account of her body type, she was not sufficiently turned out in the hips, etc. Birgit decided on a career in archeology but was informed by the university that she would have to wait two years for entry into the school. In the meantime she auditioned for the Palucca School in Dresden, where they taught a contemporary based dance curriculum. She was accepted and eventually graduated with a diploma as a dancer.

From 1976 to 1981 she was a dancer and Apprentice Choreographer at the Landestheater Halle. In 1981 she auditioned for the Komische Oper, Berlin by performing a pas de deux of her own creation. She was hired as a dancer and choreographer. While at the Komische Oper her choreography was recognized with awards in 1983 and 1987 as well as a special award from the Confederation of Creative Theatre, German Democratic Republic, and in 1988 the Critics’ Prize from Berliner Zeitung for Keith.

Ms. Scherzer remained at the Komische Oper until 1989, when she made the very serious decision to leave East Germany thus leaving her family and established reputation behind. In the West she had to start from nothing. She also had no idea that the Berlin wall would shortly fall. Ms. Scherzer was to pursue a freelance career, she taught at the College of Musik and Drama in Saarbrücken, and in 1991 was appointed the Director and choreographer of the Saarbrücken Staatstheater Ballet. With that company she has toured her works in Germany and to Switzerland, Luxembourg, Paris and Iceland.

Ms. Scherzer has also produced films of her choreography, including The Dying Swan (1971), Carmina Burana (1994) and Kassandra / Bluebeard (1997).

Having spent 8 years as the director of a dance company, Ms. Scherzer has decided to resign from that position in order to spend more of her time as a creator of new and exciting dance works. At the end of the 1998 - 99 she will once again pursue a freelance career and already has secured many commissions.


Choreography to Date (1998)


 1980  Psychogramm Landestheater Halle
   Baba Yaga Landestheater Halle
 1983  Concert in Tailcoat and Hat Komische Oper, Berlin
 1984   Mentality Komische Oper, Berlin
 1986  The Master and Margerita Volksbühne, Berlin
   Concerto Staatstheater, Schwerin
   Tango Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin
   Marriage of Figaro Theater im Palast, Berlin
  Etude 1 Balletschule, Berlin
   Etude 2 Staatliche Balletschule, Berlin
  1987  Mentality Bühnen der Stadt, Gera
  Adagio Komische Oper, Berlin
  Alone Komische Oper, Berlin
  Solo with a Ladder Komische Oper, Berlin
  Concert in a Tailcoat and Hat Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin
 1988 Keith Komische Oper, Berlin
  Ararat Komische Oper, Berlin
  Story of a Soldier (w/Ruth Berhaus) St. Moritz Music Festival
  1989 Quartet Theater im Palast, Berlin
  The Prohibition of Music Theater im Palast, Berlin
   Bach Pas de deux Bühnen der Stadt, Leipzig
   Sweeney Todd Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
 1990 Zarewitsch Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
 1991  Women - Men - Couples Komische Oper, Berlin
   Macho, Macho Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
   Requiem!! Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
   Stille (Silence) Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
 1992  Women - Men - Couples Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
   Jesus Christ Superstar Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
 1993  Romeo und Julia Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
   Act Without Words Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
 1994  Requiem!! Komische Oper, Berlin
   Kaspar Hauser Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
 1995  Requiem!! Opernhaus, Chemnitz
   Carmina Burana Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
   sturm im mund janis joplin Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
 1996  The Miraculous Mandarin Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
   Le Sacre du printemps Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
   Franz Woyteck Komische Oper, Berlin
 1997  Orféo und Euridice Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
   Kassandra / Bluebeard Staatstheater, Saarbrücken
 1998  Swan Lake Staatstheater, Saarbrücken


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