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Rainer Behr

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

1964 in Neustadt a. d. Born in Waldnaab, Rainer Behr initially trained as a gymnastics teacher in Berlin before starting his dance studies at the Folkwang University in Essen in 1986, where he studied classical ballet, modern dance and folklore dance. While still studying, Behr received first prize at the choreographer competition in Cagliari in 1989 for his duo "The Turn of Things" and was awarded the Claassen Dance Prize in 1990. In the same year he joined the Folkwang Tanzstudio and danced in productions by Urs Dietrich, Susanne Linke, Mark Sieczkarek, Carolyn Carlson and Raffaella Giordano until 1995. At the same time, he realized his own choreographies with this company such as: "Red Roses", "Lonely Kingdom", "ButterflyRiverMountin SunMoon" and showed solo choreographies. Rainer Behr has been a member of the Wuppertal Dance Theater under Pina Bausch since 1995. Dagmar Schenk-Güllich in ballet international / tanz aktuell 3/95 about Rainer Behr: "Rainer Behr is a Folkwang Eleve, it cannot be denied. And yet he has developed his own signature style.... He turns out to be a master the reduction, the most economical gestures with which he accurately outlines the small and large things in life.... His fine feeling for interpersonal emotions allowed him to create sensitive choreographies. They show him to be an artist who follows his path consistently."

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