LILLIAN STILLWELL is a choreographer whose work has been seen throughout Europe and in the USA since 2009. She is the designated Dance Director and Chief Choreographer at Theater Münster, Germany beginning in the 2022/23 season. Her work has been seen at Theater Basel, Oper Graz, the Royal Danish Opera, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and at numerous city, state and national theaters in Germany.
Lillian’s choreography combines physical and emotional extremes with precise musicality. She sees dance as a primarily communicative art form that connects people, disciplines and perspectives to tell common stories. Additional interests lie in opening and demystifying the creation process, applying ditigal tools to analogue experiences and developing sustainable working, production and performance methods. She is engaged in establishing new leadership models and seeks innovative approaches and team-oriented decision-making processes in her creative and leadership positions. She is currently studying for an Executive Masters in Arts Administration at the University of Zürich.
Her work includes interdisciplinary, participatory and immersive productions, many with casts of over 100 performers, including: Leonard Bernstein’s MASS and Purcell’s THE FAIRY QUEEN at Theater Lübeck; L’ORFEO at the Royal Danish Opera, called “a production of European ranking” by Oper Heute magazine; SILBERLICHT for dance and baroque musicians at Philharmonie Luxembourg; and the upcoming opening of the newly renovated „Alte Reithalle“ for Bühne Aarau in Switzerland.
Lillian grew up in Minneapolis, MN, received her classical training at Ballet Arts Minnesota and the Milwaukee Ballet, and completed a BA in contemporary dance at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. A 15-year dance career followed, lastly from 2005 – 2012 with Johannes Wieland in New York City and at the State Theater in Kassel, Germany where she also choreographed in all of the departments: Opera, Theater, Dance and Youth Theater.
Lillian lives in Basel, Switzerland where she founded SNOW productions in 2020 with Tom Ryser as a research and production laboratory. Recent residencies have taken them to Dampfzentrale Bern and Braswell Art Center and their Digital / Analogue Pop-ups in Basel were featured at zur Wand by Swiss cultural tastemakers wiewaersmalmit.ch. Their work has been generously funded by SwissLos and the Sulger-Stiftung. She has taught dance and choreography at the University of Minnesota Dance Program, St. Olaf College and TU Dance Company and School (USA) as well as at Choreolab Europe and Profitraining Basel (Switzerland). Lillian is currently creating productions for the Dutch National Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam and Oper Zürich and Bühne Aarau in Switzerland.