Nils Christe —
Born in Rotterdam, Holland, Nils Christe choreographed his first ballet at age 25 for Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT).
He went on to create 12 works for NDT before his departure in 1982, including Quartet 1, which won first prize at the Choreographic Competition in Cologne in 1979.
From September 1986 to January 1993, Nils was the Artistic Director of Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. He created seven new works, including his first and very successful story ballet, Pulcinello.
Nils’s extensive body of new work now encompasses over 80 ballets. As a freelance choreographer, he has worked with 64 dance companies in 24 countries around the world. Music used by Nils ranges from baroque to contemporary, including Stravinksy, Poulenc, Shostakovich, Britten, Martinu, Bartok, Satie, Mahler, Liszt, Beethoven, Purcell, Prokoviev, Wagner, Vivaldi, Glass, and Reich.
He has also choreographed for the operas Dido and Aeneas, Aïda and Achnaton. Nils works in close collaboration with his wife, Rehearsal Director Annegien Sneep, who takes care of all the re-stagings of his work, as well as the costume designs for his more recent ballets.
Nils and Annegien first worked with Queensland Ballet to re-stage Purcell Pieces for International Gala in 2008, returning to mount SYNC for …with attitude in 2009, and Fearful Symmetries for the 50th Anniversary International Gala in 2010. Nils created Short Dialogues on the Company for International Gala in 2011, and re-staged Purcell Pieces for …with attitude in the same year.