Meg Stuart (*1965 in New Orleans) is a choreographer and dancer, living and working in Berlin and Brussels. After her dance studies at the New York University she created her first full-length piece “Disfigure Study” (1991), commissioned by the Belgian Klapstuk Festival, which launched her choreographic career in Europe. Stuart founded her company Damaged Goods in Brussels in 1994. Together they created more than thirty productions, ranging from solos to large-scale choreographies and including site-specific creations and installations. Over the years, Meg Stuart has initiated and performed several improvisation projects. Her artistic practice constantly redefines itself while searching for new presentation contexts and territories for dance.
Meg Stuart has collaborated with numerous artists, including Pierre Coulibeuf, Philipp Gehmacher, Ann Hamilton, Gary Hill, Benoît Lachambre, Jorge León and Hahn Rowe. During artistic residencies at Schauspielhaus Zürich (2000-2004) and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin (2005-2010), she developed projects with theatre directors Stefan Pucher, Christoph Marthaler and Frank Castorf. Her works have been presented at theatres worldwide as well as at documenta X in Kassel (1997) and at Manifesta 7 in Bolzano (2008). In 2008, her complete oeuvre won a Bessie Award and the Flemish Culture Award. The Academy of the Arts bestowed the Konrad-Wolf-Preis on her in 2012 and she received a Golden Lion in the category Dance from the Biennale di Venezia for her lifetime’s achievements. Furthermore, Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods were awarded the German Dance Award for extraordinary artistic achievements in 2018.
Meg Stuart developed her latest choreographic work “Celestial Sorrow” (2018) in collaboration with the Indonesian visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto. In 2019, she was the first female choreographer to become the artistic director of Tanzkongress, which took place at Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts. Moreover, there is an ongoing cooperation between Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods and the Kaaitheater in Brussels as well as HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin.
As of February 2020