About

Thomas Lempertz Costume Designer and visual artist based in Stuttgart Germany Kostümbildner and Künstler. Former Soloist with the Stuttgart Ballet

 

Thomas Lempertz was born in Pforzheim, Germany. During his studies at the John Cranko School he already appeared with the Stuttgart Ballet as a child prodigy tap dancer in the musical “On Your Toes”. When he graduated in 1994, director Marcia Haydée invited him to join the company. Her successor Reid Anderson promoted Lempertz to soloist. Lempertz danced in the classics and in works by John Cranko, Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen or Uwe Scholz, he created roles with choreographers like David Bintley, Mauro Bigonzetti, Kevin O’Day, Trey McIntyre, Christian Spuck, Douglas Lee and Marguerite Donlon. He toured many countries with the Stuttgart Ballet. 

In 2003, Lempertz quit dancing to follow his other passion: he opened his own fashion studio in the centre of Stuttgart. Inspired by the old fashion houses and by contemporary Haute Couture, he designed collections, costumes and made-to- measure clothing. In 2011 he was nominated for the New Faces Award Fashion. Since 2013, Lempertz has also designed costumes for ballet and dance performances. He works with choreographers like Marco Goecke (“Peekaboo” for the São Paulo Companhia de Dança/Movimentos Festwochen Wolfsburg), with Demis Volpi (“Jam Session On Tour”, Ballett im Revier Gelsenkirchen; “ELĒGIJA”, Latvian National Ballet Riga; “Quasi una Fantasia”, Ballet de Santiago de Chile), with Bridget Breiner (“In Honour Of”, Latvian National Ballet Riga) and Katarzyna Kozielska (“A.Memory” and “Dark Glow”, both for Stuttgart Ballet). As a former dancer, he knows how to highlight the silhouette of the body, working with subtle colouring or material mixtures for his leotards. In collaboration with the choreographers and artists involved in the productions, he also used nettings and designed figurines that look like a 21st century version of Oskar Schlemmer’s “Triadic Ballet”.

After 12 years, Lempertz returned to the stage in 2015 to dance in “Greyhounds”, Egon Madsens‘ project for older dancers at Theaterhaus Stuttgart. For that occasion, Marco Goecke created a highly energetic solo for him. Lempertz’ interests are wide-spread: He decided to study at the Academy of fine Arts in Stuttgart in 2015 in the field of Intermedia Arts and meanwhile creates his own works with a focus on performance installations. Besides this he is also a guest lecturer at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart in a laboratory for Dance, Choreography and Movement.

CV available upon request.