FRANK WILLENS © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

Throughout 2016 and 2017 the Goethe-Institut has invited European dance ensembles to tour the United States. This program is made possible by a grant of € 100,000 from the Getting To Know Europe program, awarded by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. 

The year-long project began with performances by Berlin-based choreographer Isabelle Schad and French artist Laurent Goldring, and was follwed up in early 2017 with performances by Meg Stuart, and the ensemble Mamaza. The project continues this summer with a week of performances by Frank Willens.

Frank Willens (US/DE) is a dancer, choreographer, performer, interpreter, artist, actor, collaborator, tour manager, human, father, singer, beat-boxer, thinker, marathon-runner, train-traveler. He grew up in California and has lived and worked in Berlin since 2003 where he has had the privilege to work with a wide number of persons in a wide range of projects presented in a wide range of venues. His associates include Tino Sehgal, Meg Stuart, Falk Richter, and Peter Stamer, to name a few. Frank developed a project in collaboration with the Transform Festival in Leeds in 2015 and headed a residency/lab at the Kunstmuseum in Bonn in 2016. His new solo piece sixty minutes towards being here or what we can do until we do what we can do premiered in Berlin in January 2017 On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense is his 5th collaboration with Peter Stamer.

Presented with support from the Getting To Know Europe program, awarded by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States