Stefan Hilterhaus

Since 2002, Stefan Hilterhaus is the artistic director and co-founder of PACT Zollverein, Essen, an advanced production center for the performing arts. Since 1998, he has directed the Kultur Ruhr GmbH initiative Tanzlandschaft Ruhr promoting and developing the arts in the NRW region. PACT Zollverein’s program consolidates international productions and events, focusing on contemporary dance and performance with a residency program and various exchange platforms and symposium formats which bring artists, academics and students from diverse artistic disciplines into dialogue with scientists, architects, philosophers and experts from fields of natural sciences and technology. Hilterhaus studied romance philology and history, trained as a boat builder and studied and gained a diploma in dance in Cologne and Essen. He has worked internationally as a dancer, performer, director, choreographer and lecturer. He has taught at the Folkwang University and led workshops throughout Europe. He was a mentor for the Ruhr District’s bid for the title European Capital of Culture Ruhr.2010 and is a member of numerous juries and advisory boards.