Resident choreographer of the Hessian State Ballet/freelance choreographer
Tim Plegge was born in Berlin and, after an exchange year at the École de Cirque de Bordeaux, trained as a dancer in the Netherlands and at the John Neumeier School of the Hamburg Ballet.
After a number of engagements as a dancer, he began studying choreography at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. This was followed by two positions as an assistant to Helena Waldmann and Christian Spuck respectively. From 2006 on, he created works for the Ballet Kiel, the Badisches Staatsballett Karlsruhe and the Berlin State Ballet, with his work Momo, which premiered in Karlsruhe in 2012, receiving special attention, as did the piece They, co-created with painter Norbert Bisky and performed at the Berghain club in Berlin. The latter exemplifies Plegge's interest in bringing different art forms into creative dialogue through the medium of dance. Both his debut as an opera director with Igor Stravinsky's The Nightingale and the dance piece Orpheus, created with media artist Elke Reinhuber – each shown at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe – can be seen in this context. Plegge was listed in the 2013 yearbook of the magazine tanz among the dance artists "who will hopefully move the future".
In 2014/2015, Plegge was appointed ballet director and head choreographer of the Hessian State Ballet. In this role, he has since created a number of shorter pieces such as Vom Anfang (From the Beginning) and Tabula rasa, as well as the narrative ballets Aschenputtel (Cinderella), Kaspar Hauser, Sommernachtstraum (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Eine Winterreise (A Winter's Journey), Liliom and Der Nussknacker (The Nutcracker). In addition to his own extremely successful productions, Plegge has placed great importance on diversity in the dance landscapes of Wiesbaden and Darmstadt through his numerous international guest performances. Making the Hessian State Ballet more accessible, e.g., with the Antanzen format or his participative projects Odyssee 21 and #Mensch, constitutes another important element of his work. Plegge stepped down from his position as ballet director of the Hessian State Ballet at the beginning of the 2020/2021 season in order to have more time for artistic work. However, he will continue to be associated with the company as resident choreographer and will bring out at least one production per year in Hesse in the coming years.
Plegge is a member of the German Academy of the Performing Arts.