Timoor Afshar
Timoor Afshar was born in Indianapolis (USA) and grew up in Fishers, Indiana. He received his first ballet training at the Indiana Ballet Conservatory; as of 2011 he attended The Harid Conservatory. From 2012 – 2016 he completed his education at the John Cranko Schule.

In 2016/2017 he joined the Stuttgart Ballet as an apprentice, one season later he became a member of the Corps de ballet. At the beginning of the 2019/20 season he was promoted to Demi Soloist.

After creating his piece B-Side in 2019, Deltangi in 2021 and Zeitorgan in 2022 he is now creating his forth piece for Noverre: Young Choreographers.

Photo: © Carlos Quezada

Emanuele Babici
Emanuele Babici was born in Trieste (Italy). In 2010 he began his ballet training at the school „Danza Di.E.Ci“. Four years later he moved to Rome to continue his education at the Scuola del Balletto di Roma. In 2018 he came to Stuttgart to attend the John Cranko School from which he graduated in 2022.

During the 2022/23 season Emanuele Babici is an apprentice with the Stuttgart Ballet. So far he has performed here in ballets by John Cranko and Edward Clug.

With La Nascita di Venere he created his first own choreography for the students of the John Cranko School, which was shown at Aktion Weihnachten. Veritas vos liberat is his first piece for Noverre:
Young Choreographers.

Photo: © Roman Novitzky
Guest from Frankfurt
Anne Jung
Anne Jung began rhythmic gymnastics as a child and participated in European and World Championships as well as the Olympic Games. She graduated in dance from the Cologne University of Music and Dance from 2004 to 2008. Guest engagements and a scholarship from the Kunststiftung NRW followed.

From 2009 to 2013 she danced with the ensemble of Ballett Mainz, and from 2014 to 2017 with NDT1 in The Hague. From 2017 to 2022 she was a member of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company. Her repertoire includes choreographies by Marco Goecke, Jacopo Godani, William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Sol Leon / Paul Lightfoot and Pascal Touzeau.

She created her first own choreography #onewithtwo in 2016 for "Switch 2016 by NDT Dancers" in The Hague. Further works in Frankfurt followed in 2017 (#twowiththree) and 2019 (#threewithfour). In 2022 she created #fourwithsix on the occasion of her Dsyart Award 2021 for the Louisville Ballet in Kentucky (USA).

Photo: © Dominik Mentzos
Guest from Rotterdam
Nnamdi Nwagwu
Nnamdi Nwagwu began his training as a dancer in 2017 at Professione Danza Parma. From 2021 to 2022 he was a dancer and Young Resident Choreographer with the Junior Company of Balletto di Parma and participated in training programs at the Fondazione Nazionale Della Danza / Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia and the NDT in The Hague. Since then he continues his dance training at Codarts University of Arts in Rotterdam and works as a freelance choreographer in fashion and dance.

In 2022, for example, works by him could be seen at the opening of the MIDO eyewear fair in Milan as well as the Calvin Klein campaign My Black Queerness, My Queer Blackness and his creation DUDAR won the critics' prize of the Italian Dance Award 2022. For 2023, Nwagwu was commissioned to create a work for the 20th edition of the Belgrade Dance Festival. Abụọ is his first choreography for Noverre: Young Choreographers.

Photo: © Tamu McPherson
Adrian Oldenburger
Adrian Oldenburger was born in Iowa, USA.
He received his dance training at Miss Edith's School of Ballet and at the School of Montgomery Ballet before transferring to the School of Classical Ballet and Dance. From 2013 he attended the John Cranko School, where he successfully completed his training in 2016.

In the 2016/17 season Adrian Oldenburger joined the Stuttgart Ballet as an apprentice and was accepted into the Corps de ballet the following season. In the 2022-23 season he was promoted to Demi-Soloist. On stage he has performed in ballets by John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan, Edward Clug and Marcia Haydée, among others.

In 2018, he created It’s what you make of it, his first piece for Noverre: Young Choreographers; it was followed by The storm before the calm in 2021 and Better late than never in 2022.

Photo: © Roman Novitzky

Guest from Jerusalem
Maya Popova
Maya Popova was born in Russia and received her training as a dancer from 1997 to 2005 at the professional ballet school in Voronezh; in 2011 she completed her training as a choreographer at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg.

From 2006 to 2022, she was a dancer and soloist with the St. Petersburg State Conservatory Ballet, the Yacobson Ballet of St. Petersburg, the Adama Dance Company, and the Jerusalem Dance Theater in Israel, among others.

In 2018, she founded the Con-Calore Dance Company in Jerusalem, for which she works as artistic director and choreographer. Since then, her works have been invited and seen on stages in Israel, Italy, Russia, the USA and many more. For example, Not a couple was invited to the Los Angeles International MashUp Showcase 2021 and The Heart of a Nation was presented at the Bazak Festival in Jerusalem in 2022. Maya Popova participates for the first time in Noverre: Young Choreographers.

Photo: © Maya Hadash
Martino Semenzato
Martino Semenzato was born in Gavardo (Italy) and grew up in Venice where he began his ballet training at Venezia Balletto, a private ballet school. In 2013 he moved to Vienna to attend the Wiener Staatsoper Ballet Academy. In 2015 he joined the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo from which he graduated in 2018.

For the 2018/19 season Martino Semenzato was an apprentice with the Stuttgart Ballet. In the following season he joined the Stuttgart Ballet as a member of the Corps de ballet and was promoted to Demi-Soloist in December 2022. Here he has performed solo roles in works by John Cranko, Marcia Haydée, William Forsythe, Edward Clug, Akram Khan and Johan Inger.

He created his first original piece, Notes for Peace, for Noverre: Young Choreographers in 2022.

Photo: © Roman Novitzky
Guest from Saarbrücken
Lucyna Zwolinska
Lucyna Zwolinska was born in Poland and received her ballet training at the Ballet School in Bytom and the HFMDK Frankfurt a.M. From 2007 she was a dancer with the Augsburg Ballet, from 2010 to 2015 with the Ballet of the Saarland State Theater and from 2015 to 2018 with the Susanne Linke Dance Company at the Trier Theater. Since 2018 she has been working successfully as a freelance choreographer and dancer.

Lucyna Zwolinska choreographed her first pieces starting in 2011, mainly for Saarländisches Staatstheater, where she created her first own choreography DROGA in 2012. In 2018, as a fellow of "THINK BIG", she created the piece Trying to breathe, which was also shown in a new version at Noverre: Young Choreographers in 2019.
Further works for stages in Germany, Italy, Ireland and Poland followed. For the 2021/2022 season, Lucyna Zwolinska has been appointed for one season as Ballet Director of the Castle Opera in Szczecin, where she created the piece The Little Prince, nominated for the 2022 Amber Ring Award of the West Pomeranian Region.

She is participating in Noverre: Young Choreographers for the second time.

Photo: © Eiji Yamamoto