Beate Stibig-Nikkanen

//Beate Stibig-Nikkanen

Beate Stibig-Nikkanen

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you always want to do what you’re doing now?

Since I first stepped into a balletstudio when I was a small child, I`ve been fascinated by the world of Ballet. So yes, it was always me dream to make dancing my profession.

Your Favorite Things?

Music, Sculptures, Paintings….. art in all its forms.

Favorite Things to eat?

Mediterranean Cuisine.

Favorite Books?

“Wer bin ich und wenn ja wie viele“

Favorite Movies?

I am not really a cineast, but I like films like „Das Leben der Anderen“  or Classics like „Casablanca“

Favorite Dance Piece or Show/Musical or both?

“In The Middle Somewhat Elevated“ by William Forsythe. “Envelope“ or “Nascimento“ by David Parsons. Choreographies from Jiri Kylian.

I like dancers who…

Have an excellent technique. Where I see the passion for dancing and who are innovative and creative.

I am afraid of…

Radicalism, prejudices, exclusion.

A dance piece should…

Excite the audience, evoke emotions and make people think.

Something you like to do other your current job?

My job already takes up a lot of my time and is varied in itself so the rest of my time I simply try to calm down and relax.

One of the happiest moments in your life?

The birth of my son.

One of your most unusual or coolest experiences?

The “Open Air Opening Show” in winter on the skislope for a hotel of the famous skier Hermann Maier. We had great dancers and actors.

One of the most embarrassing moments in your professional career?

Once we had one dancer knock over a wall which was covering the lighting in the back of the stage.  Also once one of the lighting pipes fell down because it’s fixation broke which caused  another pipe to be hanging crooked over the stage for most of the choreography.


Who has been the most influential person/people in your life? or Career? and why?

John Neumeier became my first inspiration when I was 14 after I saw his choreography “Le sacre du printemps“.

Michael Strasser, a composer with whom  I spent a lot of time when I was in my early twenties,  motivated me to create own dance pieces.

One of the hardest things about your job?

To convince politicians and other influencial people to support a project. Our Dance Alps Festival and high quality dance theatre productions need support.

Something you would change in the DANCE world?

Maybe I would like to see more productions which focus on social topics instead of the usual themes like love, relationship, etc….Also, more cross over projects with other artists who come from other artistic fields.

Something you would change in the REAL world?

People need to have more awareness and appreciation for each other and the nature and the surroundings they live in.

What inspires you?

Music, nature and emotions.

Do you have any goals you still wish to achieve?

I want to work more with artists from all over the world and who come from all genres of art.

A piece of advice for aspiring artists?

Stay true to yourself, be creative and realize your own visions.

For more information about Beate and her wonderful Dance Alps Festival go

By |2018-03-14T23:04:23+00:00March 13th, 2018|Spotlight|

About the Author:

Armando Braswell
Armando Braswell is a soloist dancer and international guest teacher from New York City. Armando received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from the Juilliard School in 2006. Throughout his career, Armando has been fortunate enough to work with many great choreographers, and perform with professional companies in Europe and America. Armando founded Interview en l’air as a portal for networking and stimulating dance makers at the international level and as an inspiration and impetus to the discourse on dance and debates on the topics of dance professionals and artists and what drives them. In addition to his artistic activities, Armando is also active in the journalistic field . The importance of this work , which gives an insight into the thoughts and inspiration of dance artists worldwide , and which he publishes regularly in his series Interview en l’air , is of a big importance and enriching the world of dance with special human perspectives on the creative horizon of dance artists .

One Comment

  1. Sukindar March 22, 2018 at 8:30 am - Reply

    I am not a fan of dance movies but i like katrina in big movies and hope varun does a lot of comedy with dancing 👍👍👍

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