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Léonard Engel

Born in France, Léonard Engel is a performer and dance-maker, based between Berlin and Munich.

After graduating from the Paris Opera Ballet School, he obtains his first engagement with the Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, before joining the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich for 8 years under the direction of Ivan Liska where he performes as a soloist in classical ballet pieces as well as in works from Pina Bausch, Aszure Barton, Russell Maliphant or William Forsythe.

Since 2016, he works as a freelance artist and deepens his contemporary technic and choreographic knowledge by participating in workshops with Eleanor Bauer, Trajal Harrell, Noé Soulier, Vera Mantero or La Ribot. He performs with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Richard Siegal (Munich), Paula Rosolen (Frankfurt), Billinger und Schulz (Frankfurt), theatre directors Gintersdorfer/Klaßen (Berlin) and Berlin video artist Christian Falsnaes. In 2019, he works with the group La Fleur directed by Monika Gintersdorfer and Franck Yao and with Laurent Chétouane on the solo «End/Dance».

In 2018 Léonard Engel receives a research grant from the cultural department of the city of Munich for his project «States of Survival», which deals with strategies of mimicry in the animal world. In January 2019, he premieres his first full-evening choreographic piece, the solo «Pavane», as part of the Tanztage Berlin in the Sophiensæle. In September 2019, he creates a second piece inspired by his research, «How To Get Rid Of A Body. A Magic Manual» in the HochX Theater in Munich.

He also gives classes, and has been invited to lead trainings for professional dancers in places like Marameo (Berlin), Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf) or ZAIK (Cologne).