Louis Stiens

Demi Soloist

Louis Stiens

Demi Soloist


Louis Stiens was born and raised in Munich, Germany. In 1997 he started his ballet training at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung in his hometown. In 2009 he came to Stuttgart to continue his training at the John Cranko Schule. He graduated in 2011. In the season 2011/12 he joined the Stuttgart Ballet as an apprentice, the following season he was taken into the Corps de ballet. In 2016 he was promoted to Demi Soloist.

He danced his first solo role with the Stuttgart Ballet already during his time as apprentice: in John Cranko’s The Lady and the Fool he performed Bootface.

Louis Stiens is also a young choreographer and created several own works until now. The Pas de deux Ohne Titel was choreographed in the context of a workshop at the Heinz-Bosl Stiftung in 2009. He created Mäuse (2010) and Still Light (2011) for Robert Robinson, also student at the John Cranko Schule. Jesus Home, the second choreography for the „Young Choreographers“ of the Noverre-Society has been danced by five dancers. One year later Christoph followed, his third choreography for the Noverre Society. For Mäuse the young choreographer won the First Prize at the beo-Competition for Vocational Schools in 2011. On the occasion of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Louis Stiens’ choreography Sit back premiered in the Porsche-Arena. In November 2012 the choreography for Dancer in the Dark (Co-Production Schauspiel Stuttgart/ Stuttgart Ballet) premiered which Louis Stiens and Marco Goecke created. In 2014 Reid Anderson commissioned him to create his first pieces for the Stuttgart Ballet. His second piece followed in 2017, 2018 his ballet Skinny. In 2019 he also was responsible for the choreography of The Seven Deadly Sins, a Co-production by Staatsoper Stuttgart, Stuttgart Ballet and Schauspiel Stuttgart. In the 2019/20 season he created two works for the Stuttgart Ballet: Messenger and Petals. Furthermore he created several pieces for other companies.
Portrait Louis Stiens
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Leading Roles and Solo Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet
  • Are you as big as me? (Roman Novitzky)
  • Arena (Glen Tetley)
  • Blake Works I (William Forsythe)
  • Brouillards (John Cranko): Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq., General Lavine Eccentric
  • Don Quijote (Maximiliano Guerra): Sancho Pansa
  • Forgotten Land (Jiri Kylián): Couple in Pink
  • Kammerballett (Hans van Manen)
  • Krabat (Demis Volpi): Lyschko, Juro
  • La fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton): Alain, Widow Simone
  • Le Chant du Rossignol (Marco Goecke)
  • Le Spectre de la Rose (Marco Goecke)
  • Leonce and Lena (Christian Spuck): Court chaplain
  • Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy (Christian Spuck): Schigolch
  • Mayerling (Kenneth MacMillan): Hungarian officer
  • One of a Kind (Jiří Kylián)
  • Orphée et Euridice (Staging, Choreography: Christian Spuck)
  • Out of Breath (Johan Inger)
  • Petite Mort (Jiří Kylián)
  • Pineapple Poll (John Cranko): Jasper
  • Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko): Benvolio, Carnival dance, Mercutio
  • Solo (Hans van Manen)
  • The Four Temperaments (George Balanchine): Second Theme
  • The Lady and the Fool (John Cranko): Bootface
  • The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier): Count N.
  • The Second Detail (William Forsythe)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydée): Catalabutte, Puss in Boots
  • The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko): Petrucchio's servant, Gremio
  • Variations for Two Couples (Hans van Manen): Solo
  • workwithinwork (William Forsythe)

Specially created Roles
  • Cassiopeia's Garden (Christian Spuck)
  • Lamento (Andreas Heise)
  • Lucid Dream (Marco Goecke)
  • Mehlberg (Shaked Heller)
  • No Men’s Land (Edward Clug): Solo role
  • REVOLT (Nanine Linning)
  • The Carnival of the Animals (Demis Volpi)

Specially created Roles at Noverre-Society: Young Choreographers
  • Agoloy (Shaked Heller)
  • Arpatruf (Shaked Heller)
  • Hiraeth (Wubkje Kuindersma)
  • Polosma (Shaked Heller)
  • Sketched Skin (Wubkje Kuindersma)
  • Trying to Breathe (revised version) (Lucyna Zwolinska)

Corps de ballet Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet
  • Bolero (Maurice Béjart)
  • Brouillards (John Cranko)
  • Don Quijote (Maximiliano Guerra)
  • Gaîté parisienne (Maurice Béjart)
  • Giselle (after Coralli, Perrot, Petipa)
  • Initials R.B.M.E. (John Cranko)
  • Jeu de Cartes (John Cranko)
  • Kaash (Akram Khan)
  • Krabat (Demis Volpi)
  • La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss after August Bournonville)
  • Le Sacre du Printemps (Glen Tetley)
  • Mayerling (Kenneth MacMillan): a.o. Count Larisch
  • Onegin (John Cranko)
  • Requiem (Kenneth MacMillan)
  • Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko)
  • Seventh Symphony (Uwe Scholz)
  • Swan Lake (John Cranko)
  • The Lady and the Fool (John Cranko)
  • The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydée after Marius Petipa)
  • The Song of the Earth (Kenneth MacMillan)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko)

own choreographies

Ohne Titel World premiere in 2009 in the context of a Workshop at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung
Mäuse World premiere at Noverre-Society: Young Choreographers, on June 9th, 2010, Stuttgart Ballet
Still Light World premiere during a performance of the John Cranko School, on February 26th, 2011, Chamber Theater
Jesus Home World premiere at Noverre-Society: Young Choreographers, on July 13th, 2011, Stuttgart Ballet
Judith World Premiere during the “Aktion Weihnachten” on December 11th, 2011, Stuttgarter Ballet
Pollution World premiere at the performance “Music and Ballet” of the Orchesterverein Stuttgart, on March 5th, 2012, Liederhalle Stuttgart
Sit back World premiere on occasion of the finale at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2012, on April 29th, 2012, Porsche-Arena Stuttgart
Christoph World premiere at Noverre-Society: Young Choreographers, on May 23rd, 2012, Stuttgart Ballet
Dancer in the Dark Choreography: Marco Goecke/Louis Stiens, Premiere of the Co-Production of Schauspiel Stuttgart/ Stuttgart Ballet on November 28th, 2012, Stuttgart Ballet
Sturm World premiere on May 16th, 2013
Slam World premiere in the Projektraum Lotte, Stuttgart, on June 29th, 2013
en mouvement Cooperation with the composer Oliver Frick and the Ensemble cross.art, World premiere on October 29th, 2013, Treffpunkt Rotebühlplatz Stuttgart
Armour World premiere on occasion of the finale at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2014, on April 27th, 2014, Porsche-Arena Stuttgart
High Commissioned work, World premiere during the mixed evening "Dance Lab" on May 23rd, 2014, Stuttgart Ballet
The Boy World premiere at Aktion Weihnachten on December 7th, 2014, Stuttgart Ballet
MatchBox World premiere on occasion of the finale at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2015, on April 20th, 2015, Porsche-Arena Stuttgart
At Gardens World premiere with the TanzCompany Innsbruck on May 30th, 2015
Last Romance World premiere at "Aktion Weihnachten" on December 6th, 2015, Stuttgart Ballet
SAP World premiere at "Behind the Scenes" on April 24th, 2016, Stuttgart Ballet
Qi Commissioned work. World premiere as part of the double bill Night Pieces on March 24th, 2017, Stuttgart Ballet
Skinny Commissioned work. World premiere during the mixed evening “The Fab Five” on March 23rd, 2018, Stuttgart Ballet
Wounded World Premiere on October 20th, 2018, Junior Ballett Zürich
The Seven Deadly Sins Commissioned work. Premiere of the Co-production by Staatsoper Stuttgart, Stuttgart Ballet and Schauspiel Stuttgart on February 2nd, 2019, State Theater Stuttgart
Messenger Commissioned work. World Premiere as part of the triple bill Creations IV - VI on February 22nd, 2020, Stuttgart Ballet
Petals World premiere during the mixed evening “Response I” on July 25th, 2020, Stuttgart Ballet