Jochen Stechmann is selected for the research project The Critical Piece in 2010. In 2011, he has made a full production of this research project. On December 9, 2011 this production premiered during the PUNCH! Festival in the Melkweg, Amsterdam. At the moment he workt at Dansmakers on SIGNS, a project about communication.
Jochen Stechmann studied mathematics and physics in Hamburg and contemporary dance in Tilburg. In 2010 he graduated at DasArts, the master program for theatre in Amsterdam with the semi-documentary performance Family Matters in which he and his mother are investigating the controversial history of his German ancestors.
In 2011 Dansmakers coproduced his latest work: The Critical Piece, a theatrical choreography based on previously existing dance reviews. In addition, Jochen made SIGNS at Dansmakers Amsterdam, a location project, performance and guerrilla about communication. In 2014 he worked on the research project Workingmaking out with Matias Daporta. Currently he is working on SELF, a choreography in the form of a live game using interactive technology.
As a dancer/performer he worked with Nir de Volff/totalbrutal (IS/D), Sanja Mitrovic (RS/NL), g-netwerk, TRASH, Meine Seele Teatro (E), Vloeistof, Warner and Consorten, Pia Meuthen, Theatergroep Aurora, tukkersconnexion, Montajstroj (HR), Compagnie Blue Elephant (D/ROK), Das Letzte Kleinod and Theater Anu.
His artistic works cover a wide spectrum of disciplines: choreography, film, theatre, composition, writing and installation. They almost always include documentary strategies and elements of natural science.
His choreographies are often challenging the perception of what can be understood as ‘dance’ nowadays, they partially replace choreography by discourse on choreography. His works reject an aesthetic approach towards dance and aim for a sober and authentic movement and theatre quality, as radically personal as possible.
Together with Nadia Tsulukidze he functions as artistic director of the dance-theatre company Traum-A. Besides in the Netherlands, his work has been shown on venues in Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany.
He contributed substantial personal material as a performer to the two-hander Will you ever be happy again? by Sonja Mitrovic which extensively toured the Netherlands and Europe, and won the BNG price New Theatre Maker 2010.