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Dance Me. A vibrant homage to Leonard Cohen

5 December Montréal, Canada

This new creation will be the 7th original work for the company of which Ihsan is Resident Choreographer

14 June 2018 Portland OR, USA

Returning to Whim W'Him for a new creation

19 January Seattle, USA

Yidam will make its Swiss debut for the company of the Konzert Theater

16 February Bern, Switzerland

The new work 'Les Autres' will be accompanied by the Rhein Philharmonic Orchestra

30 September Koblenz, Germany

Ihsan has been invited as a guest choreographer for Bodytraffic's  2017 Summer Intensive

July 17-21 2017, Los Angeles, USA

Revival of 'Cupid's Gun' for the Berlin Bienalle and

Palucca Tanz Studio

Dresden 8 Dec '17 & Berlin Feb '18

Revival of the electrifying and humorous Bolero

December 7

Portland OR, USA



World Premiere

20th January 2020

Moscow, Russia

World Premiere 

January 16th

Seattle, USA

This will be Ihsan's 10th creation for the NW Dance Project

23rd April 2020. Portland, OR. USA

'Dance Me - Leonard Cohen' continues its world tour, including Brazil, Paris, NYC, Chile, Switzerland and Germany

Inspired by Swan Lake.

World Premiere

2nd November Bern, Switzerland.

European Premiere

13th March 2020

Schwerin, Germany


May 16th 2020

Braunschweig, Germany

European Premiere

March 6th 2020

Gera, Germany

December 12th


Portland, OR. USA

nw dance project
Fil rouge


September 26th 2019

Portland, OR. USA

Yidam will make its UK premiere with performances at the Royal Opera House and Sadler's Wells

London, UK

World Premiere

May 2020

Antwerp, Belgium

Long Story Short

April 2020

Salt Lake City, USA

A Song For Europe returns

December 2019

Dresden, Germany



Choreographer Ihsan Rustem was born in London, where he trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

Ihsan is the Resident Choreographer for the NW Dance Project in Portland, Oregon USA where he will create his tenth work this season, The Rite of Spring. He has created further works for the Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, National Ballet of Chile, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2, Istanbul State Ballet MDT, Tanz Luzerner Theater, Konzert Theater Bern, Ballett Augsburg, Kazan State Opera and Ballet, Whim W'Him Seattle, Koblenz Ballet, Ballet Regensburg, Würzburg Ballet, Siberian State Ballet,  Salt Contemporary Dance USA, Arts Umbrella Dance Company Vancouver, National Youth Dance Company, Palucca Hochschule Desden and Cinevox Junior Company. He was a featured choreographer for Russia's popular TV show 'The Bolshoi Ballet'.

Nederlands Dans Theater named Ihsan as one of their Up & Coming Choreographers for the 2018/19 season.


His work for the NW Dance Project has been recognised with numerous accolades. State of Matter won the 2012 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest as well as the Public Prize at the 25th International Competition for Choreographers Hannover, and Carmen received Dance Magazine's 2017 Readers' Choice Award for Best Collaboration. Rustem was also the 2014 recipient of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's International Commissioning Project.


From 2000-2014 Ihsan Rustem was a dancer with the Ballet Theater Munich, Introdans, State Theater Bern Ballet, Tanz Luzerner Theater and Adventures in Motion Pictures. He originated roles in creations by Wayne McGregor, Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, Matthew Bourne, Stijn Celis, Patrick Delcroix, Cayetano Soto, Felix Landerer, Cathy Marston and worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Jiri Kylián, Paul Lightfoot / Sol Leon, Hans van Manen and William Forsythe, amongst others.

He is the former Artistic Director of the Dance Art Studio Ballettschule Luzern.

Ihsan lives in Zurich, Switzerland.




Veritable Power-house

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Assis Carreiro, MBE

Artist Management



Photo credits - Ida Zenna, Linda Zhengova (courtesy of NDT), Bamberg Fine Art Photography, Christopher Peddecord, Blaine Covert, Jim Lykins, Todd Rosenberg