Artistic Director at Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart | GermanyIt only took Eric Gauthier a few years to make it from charismatic soloist of the Stuttgart Ballet to high-profile international choreographer and artistic director of one of Germany's most successful companies: Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart. Other top companies worldwide have taken Eric’s works into their repertoire, amongst others the Staatsballett Berlin, the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, or Het Nationale Ballet Amsterdam. Various awards confirm Eric’s talent, including the German Dance Prize »Future« 2011 in the category Choreography as well as two titles in the yearbook of the specialist magazine tanz, as a Great Hope 2016 and in the category Groundbreaking 2022. As if the meteoric rise of his company weren't enough, Eric has now also made a name for himself as a festival maker: In the summer of 2015, the premiere edition of COLOURS International Dance Festival, conceived by Gauthier and produced by Theaterhaus Stuttgart, took the public, the media and the dance world by storm. With an expanded programme in Stuttgart's city centre and an even more prestigious artistic line-up, the biennial event is now one of the most important dance festivals in Europe. As the son of a leading Alzheimer's researcher, Eric has acquired an awareness for social issues early on. The Gauthier Dance Mobile format has brought contemporary dance to youth centres, hospitals or old people's homes right from the very start. At the beginning of 2022, a new chapter in the outreach programme was opened – with the Gauthier Dance JUNIORS//Theaterhaus Stuttgart and the MOVES FOR FUTURE initiative.