Michael Kliën (*1973, Vienna)

(…) the obligation—the morality, if you wish—of all the arts today is to intensify, alter perceptual awareness and, hence, consciousness. Awareness and consciousness of what? Of the real material world. Of the things we see and hear and taste and touch. John Cage

Kliën’s choreographies have been performed and situated in many countries across the world. Commissions include Ballett Frankfurt, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tanzquartier Wien and Volksoper Wien, exhibitions include IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) and Hayward Gallery (London). During his work at Ballett Frankfurt, Kliën also acted as artistic consultant to William Forsythe. He received a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and, as a committed teacher, has been lecturing about his findings at numerous distinguished academic and non-academic institutions. He has been co-founder and Artistic Director of the London based arts group Barriedale Operahouse (1994—2000) and Artistic Director/CEO of Daghdha Dance Company (2003—2011). Based in Greece and Ireland, he is currently working as an independent artist.