Lillian Stillwell is a choreographer who creates interdisciplinary, participatory and immersive productions. Her work has been seen throughout Europe and in the USA since 2009 at theaters and opera houses including Theater Basel, Oper Graz, the Royal Danish Opera, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and throughout Germany. She has choreographed large-scale productions such as Leonard Bernstein’s MASS with classical ballet dancers in a cast of over 100 and Purcell’s THE FAIRY QUEEN with contemporary dancers, actors, children and chorus, both at Theater Lübeck; the opera L’ORFEO at the Royal Danish Opera, called “a production of European ranking” by Oper Heute magazine; and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Theater Basel, for which she was nominated by Musicals Magazine for best choreography. SILBERLICHT, a dance duet with a baroque string quartet, was commissioned by Philharmonie Luxembourg in 2019 and the upcoming dance and live DJ production AFTERLIFE will premiere in Basel, Switzerland in 2021.
Lillian was a professional dancer for 15 years in Minneapolis, NYC and Europe, the last eight with Johannes Wieland in NYC and at the State Theater in Kassel, Germany. The abrupt, health-related end to her dance career catalyzed a re-evaluation the aesthetic hierarchies dominating performative dance. Since then, cultivating responsiveness and connection through dance is central to her approach. Additional interests lie in opening and demystifying the creation process as a way to enrich and broaden the dialogue about dance, using the performing arts to answer urgent questions and applying ditigal tools to analogue experiences. Lillian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, has taught in the US, Germany and Switzerland, and is currently pursuing an Executive Masters in Arts Administration at the University of Zürich. www.lillianstillwell.com