Richard Oberscheven

Ballet for Dancers

31.05., 02.06., 04.06., 14:00–15:30

Training for Dancers




Richard Oberscheven is a professional dancer, choreographer, lecturer and DJ. He is trained in classical and contemporary dance, improvisation and Feldenkrais and holds a Bachelor of Arts in DANCE at the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main. During his studies he received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. As a dancer Oberscheven received engagements for companies and choreographers such as Tony Rizzi and the Bad Habits, Taulant Shehu, Saarländisches Staatsballett Saarbrücken and Freies Tanz Theater Frankfurt. His own choreographic works have been presented in the Solo Duo Festival Barnes Crossing, Gallus Theater Frankfurt and Felina Theater Mannheim. As a lecturer he teaches professional training at TanzFaktur Cologne, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, tanznetz|Freiburg, ProfiTraining Leipzig, ANTANZEN Staatstheater Darmstadt, gives workshops in various dance studios as well as at Frankfurt University for Applied Sciences. His teaching is inspired and influenced by various improvisation systems such as Improvisation Technologies by William Forsythe. In his practice Oberscheven experiments with dynamic changes of positions and spatial directions and searches for natural movement elements to experience dance as living anatomy.

Class description

My teaching is based on a combination of ballet and contemporary dance with an emphasis on position and movement efficiency, while at the same time taking into account the individual needs and abilities of each participant. The training is structured with exercises on the barre from simple to complex sequences of movements in space, which sharpen the sense of movement through dynamic changes between positions and spatial orientation. The aim is to discover ballet as a tool in contemporary dance by giving the participants more freedom of movement and awareness of their own movement potential. The training can thus form an innovative basis for improvisation.