In the project documentation, Linke and Thomas Stich – a dancer and actor in the original production of Ruhr-Ort – discuss the origins of the piece as well as its premiere in 1991. In addition, a video offers insights into the restaged version featuring the young Renegade ensemble dancers.

Schauspielhaus Bochum / Susanne Linke:

Susanne Linke created her legendary dance-theatre piece Ruhr-Ort, a choreography based on men’s work in steel plants and mines, in 1991. Physical exhaustion became dance and revealed images of the world of work in the Ruhr region of old. In 2014, Linke restaged Ruhr-Ort with dancers from the Renegade ensemble. The result brought street art and dance theatre, the old and the new Ruhr region, and dance history and contemporary urban art together.

In the project documentation (see above), Linke and Thomas Stich – a dancer and actor in the original production of Ruhr-Ort – discuss the origins of the piece as well as its premiere in 1991. In addition, a video offers insights into the restaged version featuring the young Renegade ensemble dancers.


Programme for the 2014 restaging of Ruhr-Ort


Reconstruction 2014

Choreographer/director – Susanne Linke
Stage – Frank Leimbach (original), Berit Schog (execution), Robert Schad (artistic adviser)
Costume – Angela Spreer (original), Agnes Langenbucher (execution)
Music: Ludger Brümmer
Video: Komme Hinrichs and Torge Möller (fettFilm)
With: Ibrahim Biaye, Alexis Fernandez Ferrera, Said Gamal, Janis Heldmann, Paul Hess, Julio Cesar Iglesias Ungo, Lin Verleger and Victor Zapata

A production by Schauspielhaus Bochum and Pottporus e.V. / Renegade, Herne.


Susanne Linke unifies the heritage of German pre-war Ausdruckstanz with contemporary German dance theater.
She has had decisive influence on Germany’s choreographic landscape.
She received her education from Mary Wigman in Berlin before studying at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen.
From 1970-1973 she was a dancer at the Folkwang Tanzstudio with the Artistic Director Pina Bausch. At the same time she developed her own first choreographic works.

Within a few short years she attained international acclaim for her solos (“ Im Bade wannen“, „Schritte verfolgen“ her Dore Hoyer reconstruction „Afectos humanos“, among others) and her group pieces. She was awarded numerous prizes for her choreographies and she toured throughout Europe, India, Australia and South and North America.

For almost ten years, until the summer of 1985, Susanne Linke headed the Folkwang Tanzstudio. Since then she has also worked as an independent choreographer and dancer, and has been invited regularly by international companies to create guest choreographies, for example, by the Limón Company in New York, the Kibbutz Company, the GRCOP at the Paris Opera and the Netherlands Dance Theater, among others.

At the beginning of the 1990s she founded the „Company Susanne Linke“ and created two works: „Ruhr-Ort“ and „Märkische Landschaften“. During this period she was an artist in residence at the Hebbel-Theater, Berlin.

Together with her partner Urs Dietrich as a co-director, she created a new company at the Bremen Theater in 1994 and toured in Southeast Asia and Middle America. She remained there as the Director of Dance Theater until 2000.

In the years 2000-2001 Susanne Linke was a founding member of the Choreographisches Zentrum Essen and its designated Artistic Director.
At the Choreographisches Zentrum Essen she created the solo-duo piece „Tanz-Dis-Tanz“ together with Urs Dietrich, as well as the reconstruction of her solo „Schritte Verfolgen“ in 2007.

Since 2001 she has continued to be active as an independent choreographer, among others for the Grassi School in Milano, the Kibbutz Dance School in Israel, Versiliadanza Florenz and the Folkwang Hochschule Essen.

In 2004 she created her solo „VISTItatiON“, commissioned by Carolyn Carlson.
She also created new choreographies for the Paris Opera (2005), the Limón Dance Company New York ( 2004), the Choreographisches Theater Bonn (2007), the Aalto Theater Essen and the Jeanne Ruddy Dance Company Philadelphia (2008).

In 2007 Susanne Linke was awarded the GERMAN DANCE PRIZE in recognition for her merits in modern dance.
In 2008 Susanne Linke was named „L’officier de l’orde pour les arts et des lettres“ by the French cultural ministry.
In 2010 Susanne Linke was recognised with the title of Professor of the Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen.
In 2016 Susanne Linke is awarded the heijo + gisela hangen prize in recognition for her artistic life work.

Performance Dates


  • 24 January 2014 |  Schauspielhaus Bochum – premiere
  • 2 February 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 8 February 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 16 February 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 19 February 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 01 March 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 19 March 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 27 March 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 03 April 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 21 April 2014| Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 10 May 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 16 & 17 May 2014 | tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
  • 30 May 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 23 September 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 02 October 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 18 October 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 13 – 15 November 2014 | Festival Madrid en Danza, Sala Roja
  • 23 November 2014 | Schauspielhaus Bochum


  • 11 & 12 November 2015 | Dance Festival Lublin, Poland


  • 05 March 2016 | Theater Bielefeld (funded by TANZFONDS ERBE’s guest performance fund)
  • 29 April 2016 | Staatstheater Braunschweig (funded by TANZFONDS ERBE’s guest performance fund)


  • 24 February, 24th 2017 |  Auditorium Parco della Musical, Rom – in the frame of  Equilibrio Festival 2017
  • 7/8 April 2017 | Schauspielhaus Bochum



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