Shown as part of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main's
Choreografische Werkstatt


Performed, Choreographed, Composed, Filmed, Edited: Max Levy

Portrait by Kei Tanaka
Photo by Guido Stuch


Born in Tokyo, Max Levy studied at the San Francisco Ballet. At 18, he was engaged with American Repertory Ballet and Charlotte Ballet, and until 2017 as a soloist with Staatsballett Nürnberg. He has danced numerous roles by prominent choreographers including Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, and Ohad Naharin. In 2015 he was selected for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer in Dance Europe.

As a choreographer, he crafts meditative works of surreal fantasy. His work has been performed at numerous festivals in Berlin, Mannheim, Gdansk and Leipzig. He has been a resident with Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, ChoreoLab-Made in Ulm, and Theater Felina-Areal, as well receiving a Hessische Kulturstiftung scholarship. He has also been a finalist in competitions including RIDCC and Hannover Choreography Competition. He continues work as an international collaborator and choreographer based in Germany. Aside from choreography, he also pursues music composition, visual arts, and film.


Experimental dance film created by Max Levy, during the COVID-19 quarantines in April 2020.

"These days, I feel a certain claustrophobia whether I’m inside or outside, escaping from one form of pressure to another. I feel I’m walking a tightrope of sanity doing what I do: to choose to make art and dance for this one lifetime of mine. It feels like an alleyway with no room to move, yet simultaneously an oppressive openness where I don’t know where to begin.

This film is an experiment to capture that scratching paranoia of a tentative life into movement; then to capture that movement to film. This is my first film, and I wanted to make a work that was intentionally divergent from the traditional constraints of a stage."

Photo top: Ralf Mohr
Photo bottom is a still taken from the film