Thomas Lehmen

© Photo: Thomas Lehmen
© Photo: Thomas Lehmen
Photo: Thomas Lehmen


Video: „Lehmen lernt“

Thomas Lehmen was born in Oberhausen in 1963. He is a freelance choreographer, dancer and teacher. From 1986 to 1990, he studied at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. He lived in Berlin from 1990 to July 2010. He developed numerous pieces and projects there, among them “distanzlos” (1999), “mono subjects” (2001), “Schreibstück” (2002), “It’s better to...” (2004), “Lehmen lernt” (2006) and “Schrottplatz” (2010). His works are shown worldwide.

Since 2010, Thomas Lehmen has once again been living in Dinslaken, NRW. His recurring interests include communication, cybernetics and the human entity that reflects itself in its environment and influences it. Conceptual methods and forms of representation characterise his works; they often include elements of language. On the level of dance, he works with the inter-relationships between dancers and dance dialogues.

Thomas Lehmen teaches at universities in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin and Reykjavík, and offers workshops on an international level.

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Thomas Lehmen

© Photo: Thomas Lehmen
© Photo: Thomas Lehmen
Photo: Thomas Lehmen

Thomas Lehmen created numerous works that dealt with system theory and social interaction (“Funktionen“, “Kaffee, Kuchen, Menschen, Arbeit“, “Lehmen lernt“). Now he has come back to more philosophical issues. His relentless question is: Who am I addressing when I make art (with dance)? In “Schrottplatz” (“Junkyard”), he dances for the things that he invited to make themselves comfortable on stage. He explains the human world to them. In “Heromatik”, he presents the enchanted world of things to humans in order to explain the end of the world.

This dialogue in in-between realms also marks his extensive activity as a teacher; it is consistently about respecting differing views of the world, rather than unifying them. However, to what extent the world is willing to allow art to have its own space and create the incongruent within it, remains an ‘unanswered question’. Because art, for Lehmen, is not a model of society, but a medium of uncertainty. Just like the world – be it the world of things or humans.

Franz Anton Cramer

Works available for touring

© Photo: Thomas Lehmen
© Photo: Thomas Lehmen
Photo: Thomas Lehmen
Bitte (2012)
5 dancers

Schrottplatz (2010)
solo – 60 min

Heromatik (2008)
solo – 60 min

Invitation (2006)
Installation performance

In All Languages (2006)
solo – 60 min

Lehmen lernt (2006)
solo – 70 min

It’s better to (2004)
4 dancers – 65 min

Funktionen (2004)
variable number of dancers

Stationen (2003)
variable number of dancers

Schreibstück (2002)
9 dancers – 75 min

mono subjects (2001)
3 dancers – 60 min

distanzlos (1999/2000)
solo – 55 min