Richard Siegal was born in North Carolina in the United States, but it was in New York that this most European of American choreographers of the new generation trained from the age of 17. Spotted by chance by the choreographer William Forsythe who discovered him in the middle of improvising, he went to Germany in 1997 and joined the phenomenal Ballet Frankfurt. Throughout his career, Richard Siegal has received several international creative grants. In 2006 he won the SACD award at the Monaco Dance Forum and in 2008 won the highly-prized New York Dance and Performance Award, the “Bessie”. In 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2011, he took home the Dancer of the Year award from the Ballet-Tanz International Worldwide Critics Survey. He received the German National Theatre’s Faust Award for Logobi05 (2010). In 2013, he was the winner of the Munich Tanzpreis, the recipient of the Dance Europe Critic’s Choice, and was nominated three times in the Ballet-Tanz International Worldwide Critics Survey (best choreographer, best production, best world premiere). The long list of prestigious international awards began in 2004 when the Bolshoi Ballet awarded him the Benois de la Danse. Richard Siegal has worked as a choreographer in residence for the Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (Germany), Bennington College (Vermont, United States) and the Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York City, USA). As a faculty member of the American Dance Festival, he has curated the annual Forsythe festival. Since then he has lived between Paris and Munich and travels widely in Europe and throughout the world thanks to the projects he has developed with the company Richard Siegal/The Bakery, the centre for artistic creation that he founded in 2005 and has run ever since. It is a unique organisation that presents opportunities for artistic exchanges by inviting artists from different disciplines (such as music, performance, literature, industrial design and the digital arts) to collaborate on projects.
Richard SIEGAL