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Dance is connection

Lillian Stillwell works internationally as a freelance choreographer and is Dance Director and Chief Choreographer at Theater Münster in Germany.

Following a 15-year dance career in the USA and Germany, Lillian became a freelance choreographer in 2013. She has choreographed dance evenings, interdisciplinary productions and operas throughout Europe as well as experimental projects with her company SNOW productions in Basel, Switzerland.

Lillian’s movement language is grounded in classical technique while relying on the individuality and humanity of the dancers to tell stories in which we recognize ourselves. She works closely with the musical score and the collective potential of the group to create works that are physically and emotionality challenging. Since 2022, she has created numerous dance evenings with the company of 14 dancers she directs at Theater Münster. FURIEN and THE FOUR SEASONS, her first new productions as Chief Choreographer, were acclaimed by critics and enthusiastically received by audiences.

She is completing an Executive Masters in Arts Administration at Universität Zürich, is a Mentor in the German Cultural Council’s Initiative for Women in Leadership in Culture & Media, and has been a panelist and jury member for various institutions. Her interest in innovative dance leadership has driven her to establish new outreach formats, initiate interdepartmental collaboration, build institutional partnerships and raise awareness about sustainability in dance at Theater Münster.

This season, her work has been seen at
Theater Münster | Germany
the Royal Danish Opera | Denmark
the Dutch National Opera | Netherlands
Les Arts | Spain
Teatro san Carlo | Italy and
Bühnen Bern | Switzerland.


September 2022 - present
Dance Director & Chief Choreographer
Lillian’s directorship at Theater Münster began in Season 2022/23 where she has aimed to build on the theater’s rich dance tradition while establishing Tanz Münster as a place for sustainability and innovation in dance.
September 2022 - present
2022 - present
Mentorship & Engagement
Lillian is a Mentor in the German Cultural Council’s Initiative for Women in Leadership in Culture & Media, was a panelist at the Dance Congress in Mainz in 2022, and is on the Jury of the Tanzplattform Bern 2023. Sustainability in dance is a matter of the heart for her.
2022 - present
2020 - present
Lillian is completing an Executive Master in Arts Administration at the University of Zurich. She is engaged in bringing new voices and methods to dance leadership, inspired by her experiences both as a dancer and a mother.
2020 - present
2013 - present
Freelance Choreographer
Since 2013, Lillian has worked as a freelance choreographer throughout Europe and in the USA. She has taken selected commissions since becoming Dance Director at Theater Münster.
2013 - present
1998 - 2012
Lillian trained in classical and contemporary dance before embarking on a 15-year dance career that took her from her home town of Minneapolis, MN, USA to New York City and later to Germany.
1998 - 2012