Marie- Lena Kaiser is a choreographer and dancer, based in Essen. She is a 2018 Fellow of the Pina Bausch Foundation.  She used the Fellowship to travel and follow the work of the mosambican dancer and choreographer Horácio Macuácua.

She currently finished her first full lenghts production  “Ariodante”, which was shown at Maschinenhaus Essen and was invited to the Tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf. With ‘Ariodante’ she is the newcomer in the tanz nrw festival which will be in may 2019.

Right now she works together as a choreographer with the folwang University in the context of the bauhausfestival ‘try again-fail again-fail better-impuls bauhaus’. For one year she will work and research with the students and with folkwangtanzstudio on ideas of Bauhaus especially with the paintings of figures in architecture by Oscar Schlemmer.

Parallel to her studies, she showed first works in formats for up-and-coming choreographers such as Tanzhaus nrw, tanzfaktur Köln and Zeche1 Bochum. In 2015 she got the commissioned work of the 638 Kilo Dance Festival in Essen and additionally won the jury and audience award with the work “Eva”, which was created in this context. In 2016 she completed her studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts and works as a freelance dancer and choreographer in various projects and formats. In July 2017, for example, she completed a residence in Pact Zollverein with the dance scientist Franz Anton Cramer in the format “choreographic dialogues” . Since that encounter Franz Anton Cramer is still supporting and montoring her work.

Since june 2017 she is part of the Company Performing Group. Recently they peformed with their production ‘TRASHedy’ in Europe and Asia.

She is an active member of the recently merged group IG_Tanz Essen. It is a group of artists and cultural managers who have joined together for networking, exchange and strengthening local artists.