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about Uwe Scholz

His choreographies are of a magical beauty that is difficult to describe. Their profound emotions as well as their sparkling wit are moving and fascinating the audiences around the world.
Uwe Scholz was a person with great humour and full of ideas, but also shy and sensitive, always questioning what he was doing!
His energy, the uncompromising search for artistic excellence prevailing in Uwe's rehearsals have led to amazing artistic achievements - generations of dancers who have worked with Uwe, reveal to this day their great enthusiasm and sincere devotion.
 
Uwe Scholz was born and grew up in Hessen, in Central Germany. At a very early age, he was playing several instruments, and he announced that he wanted to become a dancer, singer and conductor! At the age of thirteen, he entered the John Cranko school, where his friends were e.g. Mark McClain, Wolfgang Stollwitzer and Christine Buerkle. Together, they not only got up to all kinds of mischief, but they also pushed each other to enormous technical achievements: Under the direction of Anne Wooliams, Uwe's entire class was able to jump triple tours en l'air! Also later, as a choreographer, Uwe showed a physical speed which put most of his soloists in the shade.
“Little” Uwe did not care much about the rules, he used to sneak secretly out of the boarding school in order to watch the performances of the Stuttgart Ballet from the wings. He even recorded the music with his tape recorder, in order to dance Cranko ’s choreographies at home in front of his mother... Uwe has internalised the magic of all the incomparable artists of the Stuttgart Ballet, amongst them Marcia Hayd ée, Birgit Keil, Richard Cragun, Egon Madsen etc.. His admiration for Marcia Haydée and the choreographies of John Cranko was already at that time infinite. In this spirit, and already as a pupil, he began with his first choreographic works.
Uwe’s creative urge was soon to become immense, and also extended onto other genres and branches. His excessive work-speed (and his restless intellect) allowed him little respite until the end of his life.
At the age of nineteen, Uwe Scholz was appointed choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet; at twenty-six, he became ballet director in Zurich; in 1991, he moved on to be ballet director of the Leipzig Ballet.

Uwe’s musical knowledge and understanding were enormous, his collection of music recordings consisted mostly of outstanding musical interpretations. Uwe taught us to listen and to hear: Almost wordlessly, the look in his eyes and the expression of his body could take us into a dimension of listening which, otherwise, few of us would have got to experience!
A recurring comment of the audience corresponds to our experience as assistants and interpreters: Often, we would perceive a composition differently and much more distinctly after we had got to know Uwe ’s choreography.
However, his choreographies are not a mere choreographic illustration of musical structures. The clich é of "one note, one movement" ignores the essential: Most of all, Uwe Scholz has understood the spirit and the humanist substance of a composition, and he has made it visible in an incomparable, personal way!

Uwe Scholz has dedicated his life to a burning urgency to create. He was not only a “child prodigy” and a star choreographer, but also often full of doubts and despair.
It is our task to carry on his great artistic heritage and his message of humanity for future generations!

A complete list of Uwe Scholz's works you find here
as PDF: List of Works

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