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Fall 2010 Tans Compagnie Giessen

Tanz Compagnie Giessen at Texas State University October 10-17, 2010

Born in Germany, Tarek Assam lived in the countries of his shared heritage Western Europe and the Middle East. After studies in Philosophy, Sociology and Pedagogy at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn, he trained at the Musikhochschule Cologne, Germany receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 1985.

Assam´s career as a dancer, from 1985 to 1995 took him to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Stadttheater Pforzheim and to guest appearances with several German Opera Houses.

In 1990 he became Director´s Assistant and Company Teacher with Stadttheater Pforzheim, not long afterwards began choreographing for the company. Following this was a production of Sherezade for the Nationaltheater of El Salvador in 1993 and successfull participation in several international choreographic competitions.
In 1995 he directed the Internationale Tanzwoche Eisenhüttenstadt, later in 2001 became Co-founder and Artistic Director of the now established annual TanzArt Ostwest Festival (2001).

As Artistic Director and Choreographer with Nordharzer Städtebundtheater, Halberstadt / Quedlinburg / Ballenstedt 1995 - 2003, Assam created a choreographic identity through the psychological themes approached in pieces such as Schachnovelle (1996), Minotaurus (1998), Blue Notes (2000) and Outside (2001).

A proposal from the John Cage Foundation in 2000 invited him to choreograph for both the inaugural (2001) and second (2002) installations of the John-Cage Orgel-Kunst-Projekt, Organ II / ASLSP by composer John Cage, a multimedia event planned in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
In 2005 Tarek received the Cultural Award of Varna from the Governor of Varna Yani Yanev, after restaging The Wall in 2004 and an earlier ballet Tango 18 in 2001 for the Opera House of Varna, Bulgaria.

Since his engagement in 2002 as artistic Director and resident choreographer of Tanzcompagnie Giessen/Stadttheater Giessen he has made successful moves towards promoting enduring and dynamic dialogues with and between other dance, arts and technology bodies/institutions/individuals within Germany and abroad. He has further developed the TanzArt Ostwest Festivals and established several ongoing artistic exchanges and collaborative projects with Kielce Teatr Tanca, Poland, Opera House Varna, Bulgaria, Company Irene K, Belgium, Polish Dance Theatre, Poznan, Brotfabrik Bonn and Desperate Figures Dance Company, Mainz, Melanie Clarke, London, Hessische Rundfunk Television, the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Giessen, and various German dance companies and theatres.

Regular artistic partners have recently included Los Angeles-based film artist/choreographer Ana Baer, American installation-artist/stage designer Fred Pommerehn, German stage/costume designers Tina Kitzing, Suse Tobisch and Lukas Noll and German Dramaturg Peter Oppermann, a.o.