Jessica Iwanson - Artistic Director

Jessica Iwanson, a Swedish choreographer started 'Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance' in 1974. Since then,  she has been strongly influencing the history of contemporary dance.

In 2001, she was awarded the medal 'München leuchtet' by the City of Munich for her lifework. Ms. Iwanson is one of the founders of the Choreographic Association of Munich (1987) and the Bavarian Association of Contemporary Dance (1997). Iwanson was brought up in Stockholm, Sweden where she studied at the Stockholm Ballet Academy and met teachers/choreographers like Birgit Cullberg, Kathrine Dunham, Walter Nicks, Warren Spears and Alvin Ailey. 1966/67 she spent 1 year studying at the Martha Graham School in New York where she, among other company dancers, still had Martha Graham personally as a teacher. Further studies at the Alvin Ailey School brought her to teachers like Denise Jefferson and Milton Meyers.

Beside the work with her own company, Iwanson choreographed at numerous state theatres in Scandinavia, was artistic director at 'Riksteatern' in Sweden and director at 'Carte Blanche' the contemporary dance company of Norway. Best known internationally is her 50-minutes TV-dance-drama 'Nightbirds' (1997), influenced by paintings of Edward Hopper and broadcast in a large number of countries.

2007 Iwanson, together with her husband Stefan Sixt, started Germany's first foundation for contemporary dance, the 'Iwanson-Sixt-Stiftung zeitgenössischer Tanz'. Among others, Ismael Ivo, former artistic director of the dance section of the Biennale Venice, is a member of the board. The foundation offers rehearsal space for young choreographers and awards the 'Isadora-Prize' to personalities for their merits within contemporary dance.

In 2010 Jessica Iwanson was awarded the Dance Award of the City of Munich and in 2013 she received a price for her life word of the Ivo-Cramér-foundation at the Stockholm Opera.

2016 her life work was presented at the Dance Museum Stockholm.

In 2018 she retired from the school and left her life work over to Johannes Härtl.

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