…a moment with STEPHAN THOSS


Real Talk  with STEPHAN THOSS
By Armando Braswell

When someone is being interviewed, they always put their best face forward. "Real Talk" is designed to help young dancers and professionals by providing them with the whole truth about the problems faced by artists...on stage and off. The German born choreographer, Stephan Thoss, takes a moment from his busy schedule of directing, creating and scheduling to talk with Armando Braswell. Stephan is a man of few words. Behind the silence, is an incredible passion for dance and movement. He is one of the most sought after contemporary of choreographers today. Starting next season, he is the new Ballett Intendant at the National Theater Mannheim.

How do you stay fit? Do you have a special diet or workout routine? or warm -up?

For my training's plan, I do daily cycling with an exercise bike for at least half an hour. It has been this way since I was 25 years old. Plus with a certain age the classical training did not fit so well anymore, since then I replaced it with a 45 minutes floor exercise. I also work a lot with a rubber therapy band to train the muscles of arms and legs. Let’s call it “travel Pilates”, it fits in every bag.
With my tendency to be too thin, I don't do much of a diet, but I try to eat healthy.

What inspires you?

I'm always searching, because I know that my ideas alone are never as rich as if I find and take it from the music. I try to confront myself with most different kinds of music, to be able to convert the images into dance, which the music awakens in me. In addition, there are some painters who inspire me, like M. C. Escher (no Surrealist), René Magritte, Salvador Dali, Wassily Kandinsky and others.

Photos by Hirsch Darmstadt 

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