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Riki von Falken

From: Berlin, Niemcy
Address: Fehmarner Str. 17, 13353 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 3625522

Riki von Falken was born in 1954 in Hohenlimburg and went to Berlin during the early 1980s with a degree in youth and community work and a background of performing ballet when she was at school. She soon began as a dancer at the Tanzfabrik, which was an important centre for contemporary dance in Berlin at that time and looked to modernist American dance for inspiration. She initially appeared in many pieces by Dieter Heitkamp and Jacleyn Carley, who were seeking new directions in which to take forms of movement and dance narrative. Ten years later, Riki von Falken also set out in a new direction of her own: From 1990 on, she developed a clear, constructive formal language in a series of solo evenings adapted to specific architectural spaces.

In the 1990s, Riki von Falken lived together with the sculptor Günter Anlauf. Her partner’s serious illness and the months she spent in hospital beside his bed as he lay in a coma marked a major turning-point in her life. This experience changed how she wanted to communicate with her body and what she wanted to convey. In her pieces White Linen (2000) and Wach (Awake, 2001), her work became more personal and more focussed on the essential.

Apart from her choreographic projects, Riki von Falken has always worked as a teacher as well, at the Tanzfabrik and Dock 11 in Berlin, the Weber School in Düsseldorf and in workshops for professionals and amateurs. She is a demanding teacher who observes closely, to whom the awareness of a movement and how it is composed are just as important as the movement itself. In 2010, she will teach in Malaysia for three months at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut.