Biography

 

Torsten Händler was educated at the state ballet school of Berlin and at the state choreographic institute Kiev. He was then assigned at the German State Opera Berlin. As the first solo dancer, he danced all major roles of the repertoire in choreographies of Rudolf Nurejew, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe. He worked together with choreographers like Maurice Béjart, Roland Petit, Tom Schilling, László Seregi, Patrice Bart and Jorma Uotinen. He worked as a guest performer at the State Opera in Budapest, the Semper Opera in Dresden, the Comic Opera in Berlin und at the Bayer State Opera Munich.Torsten Händler received the critics prize in the newspaper ‘‘Berliner Zeitung’’.
As a choreographer, he put on various ballets within the event ‘‘Junge Choreographen’’  at the Academy of Arts. In 1993, he choreographed the ballet ‘‘Kommen und Gehen’’, for which he was invited by the Noverre society to Stuttgart in 1994. For the opening of the ‘‘Contemporary Opera Berlin’’ at the Hebbel-Theatre Berlin in 1997, he choreographed ‘‘The Idiot’’ for Hans Werner Henzes.
Furthermore, Torsten Händler worked at the German State Opera Berlin together with the director Thomas Langhoff for more opera productions. At the same location, the children ballet ‘‘Max und Moritz’’ was produced in 1998 and the ballet ‘‘Bernarda Albas Haus’’ was produced in 2000. His choreographic work ‘‘Der Wettkampf’’ (for arte) was award-winning.
From 2001/2002 season onwards, Torsten Händler led the BALLETT CHEMNITZ for five years as the ballet director and chief choreographer. Together with visual artists and musicians, he staged the performance ‘‘Jeder Moment’’ at the festival event ‘‘Kunst für Chemnitz’’ in 2004.
In October 2005, Torsten Händler took over as director and choreographer for the first time for the musical ‘‘Victor/Victoria’’ at the Opera House Chemnitz.
In May 2006, he came up with the dance project ‘‘55plus’’, which he staged together with Sabine Händler-Garlipp at the Schauspielhaus Chemnitz at its premiere. 23 theatre and dance enthusiasts of Chemnitz, who were older than 55 years, inspired the audience.
With choreography by Torsten Händler, the BALLETT CHEMNITZ was invited for tours to Berlin, Dresden and in 2004 to China.
In the theatre poll of the ‘‘Freien Presse’’ in 2002,  the production ‘‘esc impossible – zum Fortschritt verdammt’’ was honoured as the ‘‘Best Choreography’’,  and in 2003, ‘‘Der Nussknacker’’ was honoured likewise.
In the critics poll of the magazine ‘‘ballettanz’’ in 2002, Torsten Händler was nominated in the category Torsten Händler‘‘noteworthy young choreographer’’.
His ballet ‘‘esc impossible – zum Fortschritt verdammt’’ received the award in the category ‘‘Important cooperation of artists and choreographers’’.
In the 2003/2004 season, his choreography for the ballet ‘‘Coppelia’’ was nominated in the category ‘‘Important production’’ through the critics poll of the magazine ‘‘ballettanz’’.
Between 2006 – 2009,  Torsten Händler remained active as an independent choreographer at various theatres within the country and abroad. Some of these were: Semper Opera Dresden, Ballet Ljubljana, Regional Theatre Innsbruck, State Theatre Cottbus.
In 2007, Torsten Händler choreographed the ballet ‘‘Romeo and Juliet’’ for over a 100 students at the State Ballet School Berlin. On 5th July 2009, his ballet EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM was performed in Berlin at the State Opera Unter den Linden with students of the State Ballet School Berlin.
During the 2009 – 2010 season, Torsten Händler remained active as a ballet director and chief choreographer for the theatre Zwickau/Plauen.
In 2011, he received the public prize ‘‘Mauritius’’ in the city of Zwickau.
In 2011, Torsten Händler took over the role for artistic management of the German Dance Company for two years.
In 2015 he received a prize of the "Theaterförderverein" in the city of Plauen. Since the 2015 – 2016 season, he acts as a freelance choreographer.

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