Simone Sandroni, head of dance at Theater Bielefeld since 2015/16, is working at Oper Frankfurt for the first time on this new Kurt Weill / Carl Orff double bill. Born in Italy he was a founding member of the Ultima Vez group in Brussels in 1987 and worked with Wim Vandekeybus’ company until 1992 before founding his own group, Ernesto, in Brussels in 1993, and choreographing his first works. Three years later he called the Déjà Donné company to life in Prague, which is still going strong, with whom he enjoyed international success – their productions were seen in more than 30 countries winning awards including »Best Production« at the Na Hranici Festival, Best Dance Mise-en-scene of the Year Award in Prague and the Total Theatre Award in Edinburgh. In 2007 he started working regularly with the Bayerische Staatsballett and Bayerische Youth Ballet in Munich. He has choreographed many works for dance companies, festivals, free artists and schools, including the Festival de Beweeging in Antwerp, Theater Varia in Brussels, the Associazione Sosta Palmizi in Cortona, the Four Chambers Dance Project in Toronto, the Lublin Dance Theater, En-Knap Group in Ljubljana, Theatre Lucerne, the Duncan Center Conservatory in Prague and Academy for Dance and Music in Bratislava. He directed L’elisir d’amore at the National Theatre in Prague and Handel’s Tamerlano at Theater Bielefeld. He runs workshops in Europe and the USA for presence and scenic flexibility.