photo: © Melissa Kühn Hjerrild

Tilman O’Donnell (U.S. / German) received his training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. He joined The Göteborg Ballet in 2001. In 2002 Tilman worked at Staatstheater Saarbrücken, and thereafter joined the Cullberg Ballet from 2003-2007. He was a member of The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt from 2007-2012, and a guest artist until June 2015.

Tilman made his debut as a choreographer in 2002 with Del A, receiving first prize in two major international choreographic competitions. In 2005 he was nominated both ”Dancer To Watch” and ”Choreographer To Watch” by the leading European magazine Ballet Tanz.

In 2011 he created site-specific works for Cullberg Ballet and in 2012 the full-length piece August did not have what is commonly considered good taste as far as furniture is concerned.. He has made works independently and for SPIRA Jönköping/Cullberg To Come, Staatstheater Graz, The Göteborgs Operans Danskompani, Corpus/Royal Danish Ballet, and The Danish University of Dance including This Is (2010), The Disambiguation Project (2013), Whatever Singularity #453: Solo For Maxime / Dancing With Alain (2014), In Life & Love & So On (2015), These & Those & Upon Us (with Cyril Baldy, 2016).

Tilman was invited to be artist in residence by the Goethe Institut in Montreal, Canada, together with Cyril Baldy (2014), and continues to collaborate closely with him. Tilman was nominated as “Hoffnungsträger” by the prominent European dance journal Tanz (2015).

In addition, he teaches extensively.


In Some Sense

In Life & Love & So On

Whatever Singularity #453: Solo for Tilman / Dancing with Alain

Whatever Singularity #453 Solo for Maxime / Dancing with Alain

concert for progress 4

concert for changes1

The Progression Of Things

“August did not have what is commonly considered good taste as far as furniture is concerned”