LILLIAN STILLWELL is Dance Director and Chief Choreographer at Theater Münster, Germany since Season 2022/2023.
Her first full-length dance evening in Münster, FURIEN (Premiere September 17, 2022), has been celebrated by audiences and acclaimed by critics.
Lillian Stillwell’s choreography has been seen throughout Europe and in the USA since 2009 at theaters and opera houses such as Theater Basel, Oper Graz, the Royal Danish Opera, Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Norwegian National Opera, Oper Zürich, the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, at numerous German city, state and national theaters and with her Basel-based company SNOW productions.
Lillian Stillwell grew up in Minneapolis, MN, received her classical training at Ballet Arts Minnesota and the Milwaukee Ballet, and completed a BA in Dance at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She danced and toured with numerous choreographers in the USA and Europe, lastly from 2005 – 2012 with Johannes Wieland in New York City and at Staatstheater Kassel, Germany.
After choreographing many large-scale productions throughout Europe, she co-founded SNOW productions in Basel in 2019 with Tom Ryser. The all-local company allowed for increased agility and cross-sector relationship building within the production cycle. In addition to performers, their collaborators included a second-hand clothing store, a gallery and a club. Their immersive dance evening with live DJs AFTERLIFE – generously funded by the city of Basel and numerous private foundations – was performed to sold-out audiences on Gannet, a former lighthouse ship on the bank of the Rhein River.