Michael Schumacher is an Amsterdam based performing artist with roots in classical and modern dance.
He has been a member of several groundbreaking companies, including Ballet Frankfurt (with William Forsythe), Twyla Tharp Dance, Feld Ballet, Pretty Ugly Dance Company, and Magpie Music Dance Company. A collaborative figure in several productions of Peter Sellars, Schumacher has appeared in Bible Pieces, Peony Pavilion, El Niño, Bach Cantatas, La Passion de Simone, and The Vimalakirti Sutra.
Working as dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Schumacher has developed a unique approach to the discipline of improvisation. Music is a fundamental element of his process, and he has collaborated with many pioneering musicians, including percussionist Han Bennink, violinist Mary Oliver, and cellist Alex Waterman.
As a choreographer, Schumacher has created original works with the dancers of Ballet Frankfurt, Netherlands Dance Theater III, The Dutch National Ballet, and Dansgroep Amsterdam. In recent years, Schumacher’s work has come to the forefront in several productions of the Holland Dance Festival. With JiÅ™í Kylián, he created the hauntingly beautiful Last Touch First, which has been performed throughout Europe and the U.S. to great acclaim. Recently Schumacher created Queen Lear , a dramatic duet in which he and Sabine Kupferberg reveal Shakespeare’s epic narrative with striking simplicity.
In 2008, Schumacher was awarded both the Gouden Zwaan and the Jiri Kylián Ring, the first dancer/choreographer ever to receive the two awards at the same time.
Michael presented STRUT's Forsythe Master Workshop May 18 - 29, 2015