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Foto: Otfried Lieberknecht

Foto: Martin Miseré

Foto: Martin Miseré

Foto: Frank Domahs


Foto: Christian Knieps

Foto: Frank Domahs


Foto: Gerrit Busmann

“The extreme freedom inherent in dance is demonstrated with fascinating strength in this performance.”

Birgit Kirchner, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

“You have to see it to believe it…”

Jean-Marie Wynants, Le Soir

As an artist with roots in the avant-garde of the 1980s, Britta Lieberknecht has driven forward and helped shape cross-border dance performance in Germany. Continuously and independently of trends, she creates original and high-quality works that are characterised by both depth and humour. She presents stage works or works site-specifically in architecture and landscape. She dances herself in a large part of her work and works as a choreographer for her ensemble Britta Lieberknecht & Company. Since her beginnings, she has included musicians as physical performance partners and equal protagonists. Britta Lieberknecht always relates dance to an artistic or everyday medium that she consistently engages with and treats on an equal footing – from collision to fusion. Since 2012, this medium has predominantly been music.

With her dance ensemble Britta Lieberknecht & Company, she has developed her detailed choreographic approaches to early and new music in six stage works to date. With the help of musical collaborator Laurenz Gemmer, she has choreographed the Kunst des Staubsaugens for five dancers to compositions by J.S. Bach. After relating the music of Keith Jarrett and B.A. Zimmermann to each other through her choreography in Space for your Imagination, she was commissioned by the Festival for New Music Acht Brücken | Musik für Köln in collaboration with the ensemble Musikfabrik. With Vibes, she expanded the company’s musical focus in 2021 to include the topic of communication. Since then, she has been researching intuitive communication in improvised performances with visual artists and musicians. Among other things, in the Kollektiv PML, which she co-founded, and in the production Leise schäumt das Jetzt 2024, a collective improvisation by dancers and musicians. The trombonist Paul Hubweber has been a constant companion of the equal performative interaction between dance and music in Britta Lieberknecht’s work, introducing physical interaction and movement with his instrument early on with his open conception of music. From 1979-2012, she created the media for her dance explorations herself: Installations made of moving slide projectors, furniture, moving chipboard, a computerised sound installation under a dance floor made of floor mats, walk-in sculptures made of TV sets, installations made of light bulbs and fluorescent tubes, colour pigments, sculptures made of video monitors, films. During this period, she developed many works with the physical actor Reinhard Gerum as a permanent artistic partner under the label Britta Lieberknecht & Technicians. The boundary-pushing performances of this team were radical and characterised by maximum physical exertion. These included actions such as the tearing of clothing as a movement process or the smashing of a chair to the point of exhaustion or, from a musical perspective, with the theme of destruction as creation. However, she also shows the fusion of dance with her media, for example a moving sculpture of a dancer connected to a chair by underwear, or a ritualised interaction in Fluss TV. Britta has developed her dance-like performative form of action paintings from drawing. A three-year study of American postmodern dance and visual arts in NYC was groundbreaking for her artistic development, as was her membership of the multimedia dance ensemble PLAN K, led by Frédéric Flamand, in Brussels. Her feminist position is inherent in her work, both provocative and self-evidently inclusive.

including the supporting programme of documenta IX, Festival X94 Akademie der Künste Berlin, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Int. Tanztage Potsdam, Int. Theaterfestival Freiburg, Theaterzwang NRW, Tanzhaus NRW, Staatstheater Kassel, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Unikum Klagenfurt (A), Aargauisches Kunsthaus Aarau, VIPER Luzern (CH), Charleroi Danse, Le Botanique Brussels (B), Opéra de Lille (F), The Place Theatre London, Phoenix Arts Space Bristol (GB), Stadttheater Freiburg, Video Dansa Barcelona, Dies de Dansa Barcelona (ESP), Acht Brücken Musik Cologne, SPARK – Festival für aktuelles Musiktheater Cologne etc.

  • Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, serie Grenzgänger
  • Brotfabrik Bonn
  • Pact Zollverein Essen
  • Städtische Galerie Neuss Performance Lounge


Kölner Tanztheater Preis


with the Kölner Kinder- und Jugendtheaterpreis of the theater monteure as choreographer


with Reni Scholz Award Winner of the Tagore International Film Festival, Collaboration


  • Gold
    Performance/Film in Piazza San Marco (Venice)

    Movement: Britta Lieberknecht Britta Lieberknecht Britta Lieberknecht
    Camera work: Mathias Schwerbrock


  • Fututourismus
    Street performance (Rome)
    Performance duo with painter and photographer Doris Frohnapfel (Rome)


  • Drehtanz

    Hanno Braun: Saxophone (Tanzfabrik Berlin)


  • Rot und Blau – eigene Geschwindigkeit
    Film version of Monika Vogel’s revolving dance
    on the architecture of the TU Berlin by Hans Scharoun


  • Dancing on the woodside
    Dance performance (NYC)
    Duo with Lauri Nagel


  • Will cow be on time?
    Dance Performance (NYC)
    Duo with Christine Cole


  • Aquarium: Aquarium, Marbles, Las Vegas, Idylle
    Solo evening (Tour D, CH)
  • Bewegung – Stimme – Licht
    Performance at Aargauische Kunsthaus Aarau (CH)

    Movement, Voice: Britta Lieberknecht, Marianne Schuppe
    Light: Gere Widmer
  • Das Fallen im Haus vermeiden
    Performance (Bern)
    Movement, action, voice

    Music: Britta Lieberknecht, Marianne Schuppe, Mich Gerber, Gere Widmer


  • Flash (20 min)
    Solo dance performance with light installation (Bremen)
  • Rot und Grün
    Performance (Breminale)

    Movement: Britta Lieberknecht
    Singing and movement: Marianne Schuppe


  • Autoerotik (15 min)
    Outdoor dance performance with car wreck and live music, installation (Breminale)
  • Dinosaurier
    Solo dance with slide projection (Solothurn, CH)

    Slides: Max Hudson
  • Dino – Disco
    Solo dance performance in the disco

    moving slide projection: Willy Daum (Bremen)
    Slides: Max Hudson


  • Dinosaurier, Britta Lieberknecht & Technicians
    Solo dance with moving slide projection

    Projection/Animation: Birgit Freitag, Reinhard Gerum, Horst Mühlberger
    Slides: Max Hudson


  • Bombsville
    Tanztheater (Tour D, CH)

    Britta Lieberknecht and Reinhard Gerum


  • Schwarz und Weiß
    Performance (Tour D, B, F, GB)

    Britta Lieberknecht and Reinhard Gerum
  • Gut Holz
    Dance action (documenta IX supporting programme)

    Britta Lieberknecht and Reinhard Gerum


  • Kunstrasen
    Composition for noisy stage set and dance action
    with computerised sound installation (Cologne, Bremen, Essen, Nuremberg)

    installation: Britta Lieberknecht
    sound composition, sound editing and dance action: Willy Daum
    dance action: Britta Lieberknecht, Frauke Havemann, Reinhard Gerum


  • Fluss TV (3 hrs)
    Dance installation on the banks of the Rhine (Cologne, Bonn)

    Britta Lieberknecht and Reinhard Gerum


  • Muybridge Tänze
    Solo dance evening with video film (Cologne, Krefeld)
  • Muybridge Tänze
    Film by Mathias Schwerbrock

    Actor: Britta Lieberknecht
  • Irxprocks Horizont
    Dance Solo
  • Barbie Hypnose
    Dance solo to video projection

    Camera: Gerrit Busmann
    Actor: Reinhard Gerum


  • Drücken Sie den Posaunisten
    Dance-Music-Light-Performance (Cologne)

    Dance: Britta Lieberknecht
    Trombone/Performance: Paul Hubweber
    Light-Installation/Performance: Michael Vorfeld
  • Klagenfurt TV (3 hrs)
    Outdoor dance performance with walk-in TV sculpture (Unikum, AU)

    Britta Lieberknecht and Reinhard Gerum


  • Gleis TV (20 min)
    Outdoor dance performance with walk-on TV sculpture on the tracks of the Zeche Zollverein, Essen
  • Kalk TV (20 min)
    Dance performance with walk-on TV installation in the Kalk hall of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne


  • Sibelius, ma non troppo (5 min)
    Dance performance with light board (TANZhautnah Köln)

    Britta Lieberknecht, Reinhard Gerum, Dyane Neiman
    Music: Sybelius Symphony No. 1


  • Wüstenprojekt Australien (AUS)
    seven films and actions in the Australian desert

    Britta Lieberknecht and Reinhard Gerum


  • Sur place
    Dance and Music Performance Series (Cologne)
    Britta Lieberknecht and Paul Hubweber (trombone/performance)
  • Kanga-fucking-roo
    Dance installation with video sculpture (Cologne, Skulpturenmuseum Marl exhibition Grenzgänge)

    installation, films: Britta Lieberknecht
    dance performance: Britta Lieberknecht, Reinhard Gerum
    violin: Harald Kimmig

    nominated for the Cologne Dance Theatre Award

  • Tanz in Blau (15 min)
    Solo performance
    Excerpt from Kanga-fucking-roo (Cologne)


  • Köln Projekt
    Dance and music performance (Cologne, Bonn, Berlin)

    Dance: Britta Lieberknecht, Ingo Reulecke
    Trombone/Performance: Paul Hubweber
    Cello/Performance: Sebastian Hilken


  • Ohrsichtig
    Site-specific dance and music performance
    three versions: Galerie R. Haferkamp Köln, St. Johann Petri Dortmund, Cuba-Cultur Münster

    Dance: Britta Lieberknecht
    Trombone/Performance: Paul Hubweber
    Lighting: Reinhard Gerum


  • 120 works of painting/graphics on the inner connection between painting and movement, numbered
  • Procession, exhibition Brotfabrik Bonn
    Drawings by Nik Haffner and Thomas Mc Manus, Commerce Company


  • Baud Exhibition Pact Zollverein Essen
    Drawings to choreography by Rodolpho Leoni


  • Loading (15 min)
    Dance solo to live drums (Cologne)

    Drums: Josef Kirschgen
  • Beben Vibrato (30 min)
    Solo dance performance on a table (Cologne, Wuppertal)

    Live music/performance: Christoph Hillmann

    nominated for the Cologne Dance Theatre Award

  • Karijini Song (30 min)
    Solo dance with video projection (Festival TANZhautnah)
    Dance performance about a desert landscape of Australia

    Film, dance, storytelling: Britta Lieberknecht


  • Funky Waltz (60 min)
    Dance and live music (Cologne, Bonn, Bergisch Gadbach)

    Dance: Nina Patricia Hänel, Britta Lieberknecht
    Composition and live music: Christoph Hillmann
    Lighting design: Marco Wehrspann
  • Komposition für Violine (5 min)
    Solo dance and live music

    Violin: Toshiko Takada
    Composition: Shin-Ichiro Ikebe
  • FIS (8 min)
    Improvisation series dance and music performance, 22 performances

    Violin/Performance: Toshiko Takada (Roomservice von Gregor Weber, Köln)


  • Geigenänze (30 min)
    Site-specific dance and music performance; (Geysirsprünge III, Galerie im Fronhof, Leutesdorf)

    Violin/Performance: Toshiko Takada


  • Berühren – Zerreißen
    Dance performance (Cologne, Bonn, Essen, Heidelberg)

    Choreography, Installation: Britta Lieberknecht
    Dance: I-Fen Lin, Olaf Reinecke

    Cologne Dance Theatre Award


  • Crash (20 min)
    Outdoor dance performance with I-Fen Lin and Olaf Reinicke (Barcelona)
    Co-production with Goethe Institut Barcelona and Dies de Dansa Barcelona

    Choreography: Britta Lieberknecht
    Dance: I-Fen-Lin, Olaf Reinecke


  • Zerreißen (15 min)
    Performance (Cologne, Berlin, Barcelona)
    Co-production with the Goethe Institut Barcelona / Dies de Dansa Barcelona)

    Britta Lieberknecht and Reinhard Gerum
  • Tango en bois (15 min)
    Dance and music performance on the occasion of the exhibition by Brele Scholz (Aula Carolina Aachen)

    Britta Lieberknecht and Paul Hubweber (trombone/performance)


  • Crash (20 min)
    New version outdoor dance performance (Cologne, Paderborn)

    Britta Lieberknecht and Reinhard Gerum


  • Passacaglia (13 min)
    Solo dance performance with live music (LVR Museum Engelskirchen)

    Violin/Performance: Toshiko Takada
    Music: Franz Biber


  • Bach Projekt – researching the flow
    Dance performance (ZZT Köln)

    Choreography: Britta Lieberknecht
    Dance: Henar Fuentetaja, Claire Lavernhe, Britta Lieberknecht, Photini Meletiadis, Miguel Tornero
    Musical advisor/performance: Laurenz Gemmer


  • Die Kunst des Staubsaugens (60 min)
    Dance Performance (Cologne, Bergisch Gladbach)

    Dance: Henar Fuentetaja, Claire Lavernhe, Colas Lucot, Photini Meletiadis, Miguel Tornero
    Musical collaborator, composition for vacuum cleaner installation: Laurenz Gemmer
    Composition: J.S. Bach


  • Schimmerndes Blau
    Dance performance to Baroque music (Cologne, Bergisch Gladbach)

    Choreography: Britta Lieberknecht
    Dance: Neus Barcons Roca, Kanako Minami, Paraskevi Terzi, Anaïs Van Eycken
    Music: J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Henry Purcell
  • Krisenhocker
    Dance performance to the installation by Reni Scholz (Künstlerforum Bonn)


  • Space for your Imagination
    Dance performance to the music of Keith Jarret and B.A. Zimmermann (Cologne, Bergisch Gladbach)

    Choreography: Britta Lieberknecht
    Dance: Neus Barcons Roca, Kanako Minami, Sophia Ndaba, Paraskevi Terzi, Anaïs Van Eycken, Petra Van Gompel
  • Dance performance and drawings, Städtische Galerie Neuss Performance Lounge Von Sinnen
  • Transformation (10 min)
    Solo with live drawings


  • Dance performance and exhibition
    Project of the Galerie im Wiesengrund (Studio tour Cologne, Bergisch Gladbach)
  • Stolpern (10 min)
    Solo dance performance
    Drawings from the Australia series
  • Missing Lola
    Solo dance performance for the exhibition by Reni Scholz
  • Sei leise sonst weckst Du die Kleine
    Solo dance performance for the exhibition by Jutta Dunkel


  • Momentschicht
    Dance Action Painting (performance evening at Off-Raum Betonbox, Düsseldorf)
    Solo Performance and Performance Duo with Jasper Llewellyn
  • Hund und Katze
    Dance and Music Performance (Open Studio Brele Scholz, Aachen)

    Dance, Voice: Britta Lieberknecht
    Trombone/Performance: Paul Hubweber
  • Sonate für Violine Solo
    Dance Performance to Live Music (Cologne)

    Choreography: Britta Lieberknecht
    Dance: Neus Barcons Roca
    Violin: Hannah Weirich
    Composition: B.A. Zimmermann
  • Sonate für Viola Solo …an den Gesang eines Engels
    Dance performance to live music

    Choroeography: Britta Lieberknecht
    Dance: Barbara Fuchs
    Viola: Matthias Buchholz
    Composition: B.A. Zimmermann
  • Acht Brücken I Musik für Köln
    two commissioned works
    cooperation with Ensemble Musikfabrik and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln


  • Site-specific dance and music performance
    in the Johanniskirche Köln Brück

    Dance, singing: Britta Lieberknecht
    Vocals, cello, performance: Marei Seuthe


  • Performance Kollektiv PML
    regular, week-long public performances in parks in Cologne during Corona 2020/2021


  • Motaphysis
    Site-specific dance and music performance at the Motte Kippekausen (Kultursommer Bergisch Gladbach)

    Dance: Britta Lieberknecht
    Vocals/cello/performance: Marei Seuthe
  • Vibes
    Dance performance between the words (Cologne, Bergisch Gladbach)

    Artistic direction: Britta Lieberknecht
    Dance: Clara Thierry, Dario Wilmington, Jacob Gómez Ruiz, Maria Flores Mujica, Neus Barcons Roca
    Music performance: Gerno Bogumil


  • Kanadagans (14 min)
    Solo performance (Kultursommer Bergisch Gladbach)
    Project of the Galerie im Wiesengrund


  • Tier/Ich/Tier
    Performance for the exhibition by Brele Scholz (Aula Carolina Aachen)
    in a quartet with Gerno Bogumil, Irmgard Himstedt, Paul Hubweber
  • à table (15 min)
    Dance performance (exhibition LICHT! of the AdK Bergisch Gladbach)

    Christiane Budden and Britta Lieberknecht
    Light: Britta Lieberknecht


  • Leise schäumt das Jetzt
    Improvised dance and music performance (Cologne)

    Dance: Britta Lieberknecht, Lilo Stahl
    Violin: Harald Kimmig
    Accordion/voice: Eva Zöllner


Directed by Susanne Helmes
Site-specific performances on Mallorca, including 2017 performance at the Fundacio Pilar y Joan Miró museum, Palma de Mallorca

since 2018

Performances with PAErsche Aktionslabor
Platform for performance art, Cologne

since 2020

Member of the Performance Kollektiv PML with Gerno Bogumil, Susanne Helmes, Irmgard Himstedt, Paul Hubweber, Katharina Maister


Ensemble PLAN K
Conductor Frédéric Flamand, Brussels (B, F, ES, IT):
La Chute d’Icare
Conductor: Frédéric Flamand
Stage design: Fabrizio Plessi
Music: Michael Nyman


Execution Ground
by André Jolles Nude Ants, Cologne


X-motion Dance performance
Action days 25 years Chernobyl (Citykirche Mönchengladbach)
Conductor: Frieder Mann


Dance performance duo with Frieder Mann
Couples’ Courage, Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Cologne

for the multi-award-winning and award-winning children’s and youth theatre monteure, a trademark for innovative performance in this field:


blaues gold
by Andrea Lucas
Choreography and dance: Andrea Lucas and Britta Lieberknecht


wo der pfeffer wächst
Directed by: theatre monteure
Choreography: Britta Lieberknecht
Cologne Children’s and Youth Theatre Award


hier bin ich
Interdisciplinary and interactive performance in schools
Directed by: Joachim von der Heiden
federfein und kratzebein
Co-direction/choreography for Andrea Lucas and Thomas Marey


Dance theatre for young people
Directed by: Andrea Lucas
Co-directed and choreographed by: Britta Lieberknecht


abend sonne – morgen mond
Choreography for Andrea Lucas and Thomas Marey


mit dir zusammen
by Andrea Lucas
Directed by: Britta Lieberknecht


wenn das cello katze spielt
Direction/Choreography: Karoline von Lüdinghausen, Britta Lieberknecht


Ich denke sowieso mit dem Knie
Interdisciplinary and interactive performance in schools
Directed by: Joachim von der Heiden


Winterlandschaft mit Nescafé #2
Ilona Paszthy IP dance


Schirmgespräche III – just a piece of paper
Performance project with refugees, Susanne Helmes


Current production IP Dance

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